The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that in medicine is used primarily to treat difficult-to-control (refractory) epilepsy in children. The diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. Normally, the carbohydrates contained in food are converted into glucose, which is then transported around the body and is particularly important in fueling brain function. However, if little carbohydrate remains in the diet, the liver converts fat into fatty acids and ketone bodies. The ketone bodies pass into the brain and replace glucose as an energy source. An elevated level of ketone bodies in the blood, a state known as ketosis, leads to a reduction in the frequency of epileptic seizures.  Research has found that when the body is in ketosis it has learned to burn fat instead of carbohydrates which results in weight loss.  This is not a high protein diet rather a high fat diet.  Proteins should be adequate, but fats should be the major influence.  Please speak to your physician before attempting this lifestyle although the foods individually, in our menu are all extremely yummy for anyone; minimal carbohydrates, high fat, no starches.  Enjoy.

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