The ketogenic diet is possibly one of the most popular ways to eat at the moment, with multiple experts shouting about its benefits. But what’s it all about? Our team always like to remind people that it’s important to assess a diet’s potential for promoting health is the effect it has on the gut. We’ve put together this quick guide to the keto diet and our top 5 foods to consume while doing it.
Keto diet and the gut
A keto diet deprives the body of carbohydrates for fuel. Unlike other low-carb diets, which focus on protein, the keto focuses on healthy fats. And while this might be good for losing weight, many people believe that higher fat diets reduce the microbial diversity in the gut.
Keto-friendly foods that support the gut
It’s important to support the gut during this kind of diet. And it makes sense to support the gut due to the benefits
To help you out, we have put together a list of our top five gut-friendly foods that will help you keep on track with your keto diet, whilst ensuring the microbes in your gut are well nourished:
Avocados are a superfood packed with nutrients and vitamins. They also contain fiber which helps feed the trillions of bacteria in the gut.
Berries can be enjoyed on a ketogenic diet. They are again a great source of fiber. Raspberries have a hug 8 grams of fiber (32 percent of your recommended daily intake) in just 1 cup.
A low-carb and high-fiber vegetable, which is totally fine on keto.
4. Macadamia nuts
Nuts are a good source of fiber and healthy fats. They can have a prebiotic effect on the microbiome as well, meaning they help feed beneficial probiotic bacteria. We love macadamia nuts, and they’re slightly higher in fat that most nuts. Just a few nuts will help curb craving for unhealthy foods.
A little capsule packed with gut-friendly prebiotics and other ingredients such as aloe vera extract, green tea extract and vitamin C. Great for supporting the gut alongside a keto diet.
Want to learn more about the gut and food? Take a look at our blog – it’s full of plenty of articles, help and advice. Or you can get in touch with our team. We have an in-house naturopath who loves answering your questions.