December 18, 2018 6:10 am Leave your thoughts
The keto diet is big news right now. It’s a low-carbohdyrate diet, along the same lines as the LCHF (low carb, high fat) diet, the old Atkins diet, and the meal-plans followed by those who term themselves ‘low-carbers’. The basic idea is to limit your intake of carbohydrates, in order to prevent your body producing so much glucose and insulin. With limited glucose, your body will enter a state called ‘ketosis’, producing ‘ketones’ from the breakdown of fats in the liver, and will burn fats instead of glucose for energy.
It’s a diet that offers obvious weight-loss possibilities. Its adherents also claim that it brings great physical and mental benefits too. There are, as you might imagine, however, plenty of people who disagree.
Today, we’re looking at one particular offshoot of this diet: the attempt to follow a vegan keto diet. Is it possible?
Well, why not?
Vegans are already used to reasonably restricted diets – the problem, however, is that the demands of a vegan diet can clash with those of the keto diet. An ordinary keto diet is heavily based on animal products: meat, yoghurt, cheese and other full-fat dairy options. Vegan diets, meanwhile, are generally much higher in carbohydrates, with protein obtained from grains and pulses too.
This can make a vegan keto diet extremely difficult to follow: even its leading proponents describe it as ‘one of the most restrictive diets’ out there. Nevertheless, there is plenty of guidance for those willing to give it a go. This website gives a comprehensive guide.
Through careful examination of nutritional labels and with the aid of the website’s specialist calculator, vegan keto dieters should aim to limit their total carbohydrate consumption to 35g or less per day, with at least 70% of their calories coming from plant-based fats. Vitamin supplements will almost certainly be necessary. Grains and pulses are out, of course, as are starchy vegetables like potatoes and fruits like bananas. However, you can still feast on specialist vegan protein, like tofu and seitan, as well as mushrooms and leafy greens. Vegan cheeses and non-dairy-milk products are fine, as are nuts, seeds and berries. Coconut oil is highly recommended.
Due to the difficulty in managing the maths and the food-shopping yourself, vegan-keto catering and delivery box schemes have sprung up. They’ve recently targeted some lucky journalists with a week’s free trial. Here are two quite different takes on the whole idea. How did the journalists feel at the end of their week’s trial?
No. 1: Marie Claire. ‘Genuinely? Brilliant’.
No. 2: The Independent. ‘Pallid. Joy-deprived.’
There’s no doubt about it: this is a hard diet to follow. It shouldn’t be embarked upon without taking medical advice (the Independent article quotes a Harley Street doctor’s view that it is, quite simply, ‘dangerous’). Perhaps this kind of radical diet might be something to follow every now and again, in the same way as you might perform an occasional ‘detox’, rather than making it a full-scale lifestyle choice.
While you weigh it all up, perhaps we can help you out with your everyday vegan needs? At Naturally Good Food we have a wonderful specialist vegan range, full of highly nutritious products for all our customers. Our aim is to provide the very best food, giving the very best nutrition. We want everyone – vegan, keto or otherwise – to eat healthily and safely!
Tags: Atkins, berries, Coconut Oil, dairy free, diet, grains, keto, low-carb, non-dairy, Nuts, Pulses, Seeds, seitan, tofu, vegan
This post was written by Yzanne