April 07, 2017; by Paul Fassa (Silver Bulletin e-News Magazine) There are so many dietary options promoted as a key to good health that it can be overwhelmingly confusing. I’ll focus on one confusion and detail the differences between the Paleo and Ketoganic Diets after this commercial break to focus on dietary sanity. (Utilize the Ketogenic Diet to create better health.)
There is no one diet for everyone. You’ll get all sorts of anecdotal testimonies by different folks using different diets. But are their diets right for you? Fact is most who dedicate themselves to one diet benefit mostly from greatly reducing sugar, processed foods, especially processed grains, and junk foods. Different strokes for different folks applies to food intake as well as lifestyle habits.
Perhaps the closest to any one diet that can benefit almost everyone is the Mediterranean Diet. According Nutrition and Dietetics Professor Catherine Itsiopoulos of La Trobe University in Australia:
It’s [The Mediterranean Diet] all about embracing the key ingredients, including a lot more nuts, using extra virgin olive oil as our main added fat, up the veggies and legumes and cut back on high processed carbs.”
The largest part of the Mediterranean Diet contains organic fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain foods, legumes, nuts, seeds, and cold pressed virgin olive oil used liberally. A lesser amount is devoted to fish and seafood. Avoid farmed seafood and make sure wild seafood is from pristine waters.
A smaller amount of this diet involves poultry, eggs, cheese, and yogurt. Dairy from raw milk, especially from goats and sheep should be the ideal choice. Meats occasionally and in small portions and sweets occupy the smallest amount of consumption within this diet. All items should be fresh and organic.
Fats and oils should be the real deal, such as whole butter instead of trans-fatty hydrogenated margarine and partially hydrogenated cheap cooking and salad oils. Let the olive oil flow for the Mediterranean Diet.
The Difference Between Paleo and Ketogenic Diets and Which Seems Healthier
In my opinion, there is a flaw with the Paleo Diet. Advocates claim grains should be eliminated since grain agriculture is less than 10,000 years and shouldn’t be part of the human diet at all. What! Ten thousand years is not enough to genetically evolve and embrace grains? Whole cultures have depended on some sort of unadulterated grains.
A four part Netflix documentary series, “Cooked”, by food journalist and journalism professor Michael Pollen revealed in one of its parts that cultivated wheat has been around for much more than 10,000 years. Strangely, those people in the Mideast regions have survived with their basic grain based diet, and so have millions of Asians over the decades with rice as their staple.
What has messed up our grains are the recent hybrid and processing interventions geared for mass producing baked goods. Still, some may have allergies with gluten, but that angle has been overplayed. Even Crohn’s disease victims have tolerated artisan slow fermented sourdough bread using unbleached organic wheat flour. This is not the kind “sourdough bread” you get off grocery store shelves.
The Paleo Diet resembles the famous Atkinson Diet of the 1970s, considered a great rapid weight loss diet and heart healthy diet as well. It accelerated our already culturally high meat consumption beyond normal and also included fats.
But the Paleo Diet strictly forbids all legumes and all grains while focusing on heavy meat consumption, which is only healthy if you stay away from factory farm livestock and go with grass fed livestock only.
Legumes (beans) are essential for the fiber that’s vital for our digestion and elimination. This is a pricey diet if you wish to avoid the toxicity of factory farm meats, which you should if you want to remain healthier longer.
The Ketogenic Diet is a revolutionary response to the lies about cholesterol and saturated fats that created the highly refined or processed carbohydrate diet, which resulted in more obesity, diabetes, and heart disease than fats had been wrongly accused of causing.
Don’t think this is accurate? Check out a Kindle or paperback version of Dr. Malcolm Kendell’s book The Great Cholesterol Con: The Truth About What Really Causes Heart Disease and How to Avoid It.
The Ketogenic Diet eliminates all processed carbohydrate foods that dominate our standard American Diet (SAD), but allows some whole grains. Legumes and veggies are encouraged. This diet focuses more on good fats, and moderate meat or other protein consumption. Ironically avocados are high in predigested protein (amino acids) and high in healthy fat.
What are other healthy fats? After avoiding those hydrogenated oils like margarine, use organic butter from grass fed livestock. Instead of partially hydrogenated (you’ll see this on ingredient labels) salad and cooking oils, use that major Mediterranean Diet staple, cold pressed virgin olive oil.
Don’t grab any no or low fat sour creams, cottage cheeses, and yogurts. Go for the full fat items, again organic is best, even raw milk if available. The healthiest saturated fat (one that remains solid at room temperature) is coconut oil. It contains more medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) than other fats.
MCTs are easily digested and processed by the liver into ketones to replace glucose for energy. Voluntary dietary ketosis is a good thing. This enables one to eliminate sugar and processed carbs completely. Coconut oil has been used liberally, two to four tablespoons daily, for preventing and even reversing Alzheimer’s disease.
Look into Dr. Mary Newport’s book Alzheimer’s Disease: What If There Was a Cure?: The Story of Ketones, or simply Google “coconut oil for dementia” to see testimonials.
Many experts consider dementia as a form of brain cell insulin resistance and even call Alzheimer’s diabetes 3. You see, diabetes 2 is a manifestation of insulin resistance, not insufficient insulin production as in diabetes 1. So the ketones produced with a ketogenic diet, especially from consuming and cooking with coconut oil, bypasses the insulin resistance that prevents glucose metabolism.
The final irony: People who use the Ketogenic Diet lose weight! Try it. You may like it.