Here’s the Skinny on the Ketogenic (High Fat) Diet
The ketogenic diet, and other high fat diets, have gained more popularity in the last few years as a way to manage blood sugar issues, as a tool for weight loss, and to sharpen the brain and improve neurological function. The avocado obsession is real, but is the trend of consuming fats – albeit healthy fats — all of the time a smart diet choice?
What is the Ketogenic Diet?
Remember the Atkins diet craze of the 1990s that vilified carbohydrates? The ketogenic diet shares similar dietary properties. Eat very little carbohydrates (five percent of daily intake), moderate protein (20 percent daily intake) and very high fat, as in 75 percent of the day’s calories.
Although this diet sounds like something created by a Cross Fit marathoner, it was actually formulated as an efficient way to treat epilepsy in children. Designed in 1924 by Dr. Russell Wilder at the Mayo Clinic, the ketogenic diet was a standard of care for reducing seizures in epilepsy. Anti-seizure medications came into play in the 1940s, and soon after the diet fell out of fashion.
Recently, the diet is returning as a therapeutic way to manage and treat epilepsy in children – without the need for medication. In fact, one of the top resources for epilepsy and the ketogenic diet comes from The Charlie Foundation, which was founded by the family of Charlie Abraham’s in 1994.
After trying every seizure medication on the market and undergoing unsuccessful brain surgery, Charlie started the ketogenic diet as a toddler and used it therapeutically for five years. As a college student now, Charlie is seizure free.