Countering Type 2 Diabetes in the Keto Diet
Let’s start by saying that the Keto Diet works. You can eliminate carbs from your diet and results will come. There’s no denying the power of the fat-burning, mind-focusing physiological effects of being in ketosis. Many people have changed their lives – altering their body’s chemistry and shape. And yet, this headline appeared in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News (GEN) August 9, 2018:
“Ketogenic Diet May Increase Risk of Type 2 Diabetes”
The GEN article referred to the need to find out why the ketogenic diet leads to glucose intolerance. Quoting the authors of the research paper, as reported in the article: ‘The next step is to try to identify a mechanism for this effect and to address whether this is a physiological adaptation,’ says Dr. Wolfrum. ‘Our hypothesis is that when fatty acids are metabolized, their products might have important signaling roles to play in the brain.’
GEN also quoted the paper by researchers at ETH Zurich and the University of Children’s Hospital, Zurich (published in the Journal Physiology): “Short-term feeding of a ketogenic diet induces more severe hepatic insulin resistance than a obesogenic high-fat diet.” If you are on a Keto diet you need to read on.
Out with the bad and out with the good?
All carbs are NOT created equal. Carbs such as resistant starches and fermentable fiber, should not be included on a list of ‘bad’ carbs. Your microbiome needs fiber, and yet most fiber comes naturally with sugars. As a result, many followers of the Keto Diet cut fruit from their diet – “out with the bad.”
This is a perfect example of where supplementation is a good idea. To get the desired effects from a keto diet, it’s important to maintain ketogenesis. However, a pure protein and fat diet is not going to nourish the gut microbiome the way that fermentable fibers and polyphenols do.
So, can we put the “good” part of the fruit back in?
The perfect supplement to the Keto Diet
BiomeBliss is made from agave fiber, oats, and blueberries – but without the sugars. It’s an ultra-low simple-carbohydrate drink, providing inulin, beta-glucan and polyphenol antioxidants with only 60 calories and 0 grams of sugar. And, it’s not just ‘no added sugar’, we actually removed the sugar that would have been there—that’s key for your Keto diet.
The simple, easily-digested carbs that drive blood sugar spikes have been removed, and the fermentable fiber and other prebiotics that feed the microbiome have been retained. The polyphenols (you know – the good part of red wine) found in colored fruit such as blueberries have been painstakingly isolated, while leaving the sugar behind.
The beta-glucan from oats have been extracted to leave the simple carbs and calories behind. We’ve taken the prebiotics out of what would have been 380 calories of fruit, vegetables and oats, and produced a 60-calorie supplement that’s just what your microbiome needs. You stay in ketosis, and the bacteria in your large intestine DO NOT DIE.
So, what does this have to do with the risk of type 2 diabetes?
There are over 40 trillion microorganisms living in your large intestine that work to protect and promote your health. These microbes are involved in immune functions, intestinal and metabolic health, mental health, and yes, how your body regulates blood sugar. They survive on the things that are not absorbed by your body— non-digestible fiber and non-digestible micronutrients. Many Keto diets do not specifically forbid such fiber or micronutrients. However, when cutting out carbohydrates, you can also eliminate much of the prebiotics that come from these foods, such as fruits, many vegetables, legumes and whole grains. Cutting the fiber and prebiotic micronutrients out of your diet is not necessary to remain in ketosis nor is it a very good idea when it comes to blood sugar management and your long-term health. With BiomeBliss you can have your Keto and fiber too.
BiomeBliss help manage hunger and meal-time blood sugar, and support gut health, all important aspects for practitioners of low-carb diets.* It helps control your blood sugar levels throughout the day, as nourished microbes trigger the release of gut hormones that are signals to the brain. These signals serve to slow gastric emptying, stimulate insulin release, and induce satiety—it helps cut your hunger. That’s why it is so important to nurture a diverse, healthy microbiome while supporting your low-carb diet.*
*The statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.