Ketogenic Diet and Epilepsy

POSTED BY nutritionallyfit | Sep, 23, 2015 |

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The ketogenic diet is a diet used to treat seizures in epileptic children and some adults by causing the brain to go into ketosis. Ketosis is a state in which the brain uses mostly ketone bodies as a result of fat metabolism rather than using carbohydrates as the primary fuel source. This appears to stabilize the brain resulting in fewer seizures. According to epilepsy.com, most children who follow the ketogenic diet may experience at least half as many seizures after starting the diet. The main component of the diet is fat, moderate protein and carbohydrate restricted.

Dairy

Much of the dairy comes from high-fat dairy products such as sour cream, cream cheese, butter and whole milk.

Fruits and Vegetables

Each meal includes a fruit or vegetable serving. Fruit contains carbohydrates therefore it is recommended to choose lower glycemic fruits such as berries, oranges and peaches. The Epilepsy foundation suggests selecting nutrient dense vegetables, like broccoli, green leafy vegetables,  brussel sprouts, cabbage and artichokes.

Protein

Protein needs are determined by your doctor or dietitian and will depend on your health and body type. Protein foods include fish, chicken, meat and eggs.

Bottom Line… If you are considering a ketogenic diet be aware a high-fat diet long term can increase your risk of heart disease.

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