Providing a keto friendly ice cream option is important to us — that’s why keto is in our name! But if you’re new to the ketogenic diet, you might be wondering what has made the ketogenic diet so popular.
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What is a Ketogenic Diet?
Before we get into the logistics behind going keto, you might be wondering what we mean when we say keto. Briefly, a ketogenic diet is a low-carb, high-fat, moderate-protein diet. The goals of this type of diet include to promote weight loss, increase your energy, and reduce different health factors — something we’ll delve into later in this article. In fact, this diet has been around for decades to help treat certain medical conditions.
In general, the ketogenic formula is to have your diet consist of 70–75 percent fat, 20–25 percent protein, and 5–10 percent carbohydrates.
Reducing Your Carbohydrate Intake
The primary focus of a keto diet is choosing foods with low carbohydrates. But what are carbohydrates? Carbohydrates are the starches, sugars, and fibers that are found in grains, fruits, vegetables, and milk products.
While a keto diet focuses on limiting the amount of carbohydrates you eat, a certain balance of carbs is important for a healthy diet. That’s because there are three macronutrients that your body needs to function properly: carbohydrates, fats, and protein. But with a keto diet, you’re lowering the amount of carbs you intake while increasing the amount of fat. But when you’re lowering your carbs, you’ll want to pay attention to the net carbohydrates, not the total amount of carbs.
Basically, net carbs are the total carbs minus the amount of fiber and sugar alcohols. That’s because those two types of carbs are thought to have a minimal impact on your blood sugar levels.
To make sure you’re eating the right amount of carbs, you’ll want to avoid foods that are ultra-processed. Since net carbs look at the starches, you’ll also want to avoid foods like pasta, bread, rice, and potatoes. This extends to other foods like chocolate bars, soda, juices, candy, and donuts!
Ketosis and High-Fat
While you’re lowering the amount of carbohydrates in your diet, you’re also looking for foods with higher fat. This combination is what puts your body into ketosis
But what is ketosis? Ketosis is a state where your body starts burning your fat to use it for energy. This is where the importance of swapping carbs for high-fat foods becomes important. But your body doesn’t run directly on fat. Instead, your body is fueled by something called ketones that are made by your liver. The fastest way to make this fuel for your body is with the glucose from carbohydrate foods.
So when you’ve decreased the number of carbohydrates and glucose in your body, your liver has to look for an alternative source for this energy and will start producing ketones from your fat. This means that your body is burning through fat to supply itself with the energy it needs!
While some diets will get your body to a temporary state of ketosis, the goal of a keto diet is to keep your body in that state — and burning fat.
Where Should You Get Your Fat From?
Now is the question of where you should get your fat from. You want to make sure you’re getting your intake of fat from healthy, whole foods like olive oil, pastured eggs, grass-fed meat, coconut oil, nuts, grass-fed butter, fatty fish, and nuts.
When you get your fat from processed or poor-quality meats, or other processed foods, you put yourself at risk for other adverse health effects.
Health Benefits of Going Keto
There are many different health benefits of a keto diet that range from weight loss to improves your body’s overall health.
While this is the point of a ketogenic diet, it’s also a benefit. This state is where the liver starts burning your fat to keep providing your body with the energy, or ketones, that it needs. From this state, you will notice other health benefits emerge, like weight loss and a decrease in your overall body fat.
Energy Levels Increase
We already explained how ketones work. Since your body is using fat to produce those ketones for your brain and body, you can expect an increase in your energy levels. In fact, you don’t experience the same slump on a keto diet as you do when you’re eating a lot of carbs.
Your body becomes inflamed as a response to something your body deems harmful. That inflammation can put you at risk for different health problems. But a keto diet can help switch off those inflammation pathways as the saturated fatty acids in your blood are reduced.
Fuels Your Brain
Ketones made from fat can help provide energy to your brain in a way that is more effective than the ketones produced from glucose. In fact, your brain is made up of nearly 60% fat which means that you need a lot of fat and energy to keep your brain strong and sharp.
Additionally, a keto diet can help improve other neurological functions and ketosis has been used as a treatment for epilepsy since the 1920s. Ketones work to alter the energy metabolism in the brain, helping to stabilize the neuron functions that are responsible for seizures and reduce the amount or severity of seizures.
Other studies have suggested that a keto diet can help with other neurological diseases like dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.
A keto diet helps suppress your hunger hormone and curbs hunger pangs and reduces your appetite. This helps you go longer between meals and encourages your body to continue burning fat to use as energy!
Reduction in Overall Blood Sugar
Since you’re introducing less carbohydrates and more fat into your diet, your blood sugar is also reduced, along with your insulin levels. This is something that is beneficial, especially if you’re at risk of prediabetes or diabetes or have diabetes.
Improved Heart Health
This health benefit is one that is close to home for the Keto Pint team. After our father had a heart attack, the path of ketosis helped save his life and improve his heart health. This happens because a keto diet increases the levels of HDL (the good cholesterol) while also decreasing certain risk factors like heart disease, like your Triglyceride levels.
There are even more benefits associated with a keto diet that we didn’t get to, including:
- Reducing acne
- Help in reducing the risk of cancer
- Improving health in women with PCOS
- Decreasing anxiety and depression
- Improved sleep quality
- Better liver health
Find the Best Low-Carb Ice Cream With Keto Pint
Whether you’ve been on the ketogenic diet for years or are watching your intake of carbohydrates, our Keto Pint ice cream is a delicious low-carb and high-fat treat!
Our team has worked hard to create the best low-carb ice cream. We also offer a wide variety of flavors, ranging from our sweeter double chocolate and peanut butter cups to our delicious coffee and refreshing strawberry! You can find our ice cream in a grocery store near you or order a pint — or case — of Keto Pint ice cream online. Try the best low-carb ice cream for yourself!