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Let’s learn a little bit more about Keto, what you can and cannot eat, and a list of the best cuts for this specific diet.
What is the ketogenic diet?
The ketogenic diet (or keto diet, for short) is a low carb, high fat diet that offers many health benefits. Researchers found that this diet can help you lose weight, improve your overall health and even have benefits against diabetes, cancer, epilepsy, and Alzheimer’s disease
The keto diet’s main goal is to get about 75% of your daily calories from fat, 20% from protein, and 5% from carbohydrates, so your body goes into a process known as ketosis.
What is Ketosis?
Ketosis is a metabolic state that pushes your body to burn fat for daily fuel rather than glucose sourced from carbs. Once you enter on ketosis, you will be shedding those extra pounds.
What You Can Eat on the Keto Diet?
Your daily food intake consists of mainly high-fat food, some protein, and just a tiny amount of carbs. A Keto-approved grocery list includes a good source of meat, seafood, dairy, eggs, nuts, fats and oils, and some veggies. And for all of you asking, coffee is acceptable, but only unsweetened coffee. Black tea is OK too. And in times of celebration or your casual Friday night/Happy Hour, you can have a glass of dry wine, champagne, and hard liquor occasionally.
What You Cannot Eat on the Keto Diet?
Unlike other diets, this one allows you to eat delicious bacon.But there is still a long list of food you cannot eat on the Ketogenic Diet. Let’s start saying bye bye to bread, rice, pasta, fruit, corn, potatoes, beans, baked goods, sweets, juice, and beer. In other words, you have to avoid most sugars and starches.
To get a whole list of keto-friendly food check this complete list made by Good Housekeeping.
Now, let’s talk in detail about meats…
What are Keto Friendly Meats?
Since meats are basically low carb, meats are acceptable to consume. However, keep in mind that not all meats are equal and you should eat them in moderation. First, you should always go for natural, unprocessed sources of protein. Go for organic and grass-fed meats. They have higher amounts of omega-3 fats, conjugated linoleic acid, and antioxidants than meat from grain-fed animals. Plus, it reduces your exposure to steroid hormone and bacteria intake.
Best Meats for Keto
When it comes to meat for Keto, high fat meats are the better choice. However, be aware of eating too much meat. Excess protein can be converted to glucose, which could make it harder for some people to get into ketosis. That is because your body has the ability to make glucose out of protein through a process called gluconeogenesis. When this happens, your body reverts to burning glucose instead of fat for energy, taking you out of ketosis.
Here is a list with some of the meats with the best fat to protein ratio.
- Fatty cuts of steak (New York strip, ribeye, T-bone, porterhouse).
- Pork cuts like pork belly, baby back ribs, and unprocessed bacon.
- Skin-on chicken thighs and legs. When eating poultry, the darker meat is better as it’s fattier compared to the leaner white meat.
- Skin-on fatty fish, such as salmon, snapper and halibut.
- Offal (organ meats such as liver, cheek, kidney, tongue and heart). Organ meats are high in nutrients too.
- Other types of meat such as lamb, veal, venison are good to consume during your keto journey.
Say no to…
Meats with pre-marinated sauces. They are often full of sugar and carbs. Most processed meats like sausages, meatballs, and cold cuts contain breadcrumbs making them no longer keto-friendly.
The Keto Diet is a good way to shed those extra pounds. When consuming meat, alway eat them in moderation. Remember that always go for grass-fed meat. It’s the healthiest choice. To order all your keto-friendly meats, visit our Grill Boutique or shop online 24/7 at www.GauchoRanch.com/shop