Keto 101

By now, you’ve heard about the keto lifestyle and its many benefits. Here are some important things to know about it.

KETONES

  • Also known as “ketone bodies,” these organic compounds are produced by the liver when breaking down fat for energy – a process that occurs when glucose (and glycogen) levels are low.

Ketones cross from the blood to the brain, providing an alternative fuel for the brain and the body.

Ketones can be increased through fasting, prolonged exercise and/or maintaining a ketogenic diet. They can also be increased by supplementing with MCT Oil or ketone esters.

KETOSIS

  • A normal metabolic state that occurs when your body switches from using glucose as its primary source of fuel to running on ketones.
  • Breastfed newborns are in mild state of ketosis as breast milk has high fat composition (55%) and includes 10% MCT’s.

KETOGENIC DIET

  • A low carb, moderate protein, high fat diet that pushes the body into a state of ketosis. Traditionally, a ketogenic diet calls for a 4:1 ratio of fats to protein and carbs. Several alternative versions now exist, including modified Atkins and MCT Oil diets.
  • Adding MCT’s into a traditional ketogenic diet allows for a less restrictive 2:1 ratio of fat to protein and carbs.

KETOGENIC DIET

  • A low carb, moderate protein, high fat diet that pushes the body into a state of ketosis. Traditionally, a ketogenic diet calls for a 4:1 ratio of fats to protein and carbs. Several alternative versions now exist, including modified Atkins and MCT Oil diets.
  • Adding MCT’s into a traditional ketogenic diet allows for a less restrictive 2:1 ratio of fat to protein and carbs.

THE MCT STORY

All Fat is Not Created Equal.

We’re believers in the many benefits of fat…good fat, that is. And we think MCT’s are among the very best. That’s why each of our dressings is made with MCT Oil as its main ingredient.

MEDIUM-CHAIN TRIGLYCERIDES (MCT’s)

  • A class of saturated fats composed of fatty acids containing 6-10 carbons. Unlike longer-chain fatty acids, MCT’s are rapidly transported to the liver, broken down, absorbed into the body and used as instant energy…or turned into ketones.
  • Consumption of MCT’s increases ketone levels.
  • Foods containing MCT’s include coconut oil, palm kernel oil, cheese, butter, milk and yogurt.

MEDIUM-CHAIN TRIGLYCERIDE (MCT) OIL DIET

  • This is a less restrictive approach to the Ketogenic Diet. Medium-chain triglycerides (MCT’s) produce ketones more easily than long-chain triglyceride (LCT) fat, with certain MCTs bypassing the liver and converting directly into ketones. The inclusion of MCT oil allows for higher levels of carbs and protein in the diet (with a macronutrient ratio of 2 Fats : 1 Carb & Protein) while still achieving ketosis.

Additional Readings & Resources

  • Alzheimer’s Disease: What If There Was A Cure? Dr. Mary Newport https://coconutketones.com/
  • Keto Clarity: Your Definitive Guide to the Benefits of a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet Moore, Jimmy, Westman MD, Eric, Victory Belt Publishing
  • The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance Jeff S. Volek (Author),‎ Stephen D. Phinney
  • The Charlie Foundation for Ketogenic Therapies https://www.charliefoundation.org/
  • Tripping over the Truth: How the Metabolic Theory of Cancer Is Overturning One of Medicine’s Most Entrenched Paradigms Christofferson, Travis, D’Agostino, Dominic