You definitely heard of various types of diets like intermittent fasting, paleo diet or Dash diets these days. People are adapting such diets for the long term to manage and treat a particular health problem. These diets help to control the problem of obesity, diabetes and many severe health problems like cancer.
Plant-based foods, other healthy foods and lifestyle are very important to reduce the risk and to control many types of cancer. These diets try to keep the body away from cancer and malignancies both directly and indirectly.
The problems like obesity, diabetes, heart problems or stomach issues can also seriously impact your healthy tissues and cells. So, healthy diets can lower the risk of these problems and eventually reduce the cancer risk. Along with this, such lifestyles straightway help to improve body’s immunity and fighting power in the period of ongoing cancer treatments. Many foods are also known to enhance chemotherapeutic treatments compliance and lowering associated side effects.
One of such diets is Mediterranean diet. Here you can read about this diet and cancer prevention association in detail. Apart from this, keto diet also helps to keep risk of cancer at bay.
WHAT IS KETO DIET?
A keto diet involves foods which contain fats in ample amounts, proteins in below moderation and carbohydrates in very low amounts.
HOW FOOD ASSOCIATED WITH CANCER CELLS?
Talking about a positive association between foods and cancer cells then carbohydrates (sugar/glucose) comes at the first place.
Why? Let’s read:
CANCER CELLS HAVE SUGAR ADDICTIONS
In the early twentieth century Dr. Otto Warburg had proposed a hypothesis. According to the hypothesis cancer is a metabolic disorder. Metabolic diseases involve the disruption of normal metabolism (the process of converting food into energy).
Cancer cells get energy from blood sugar or glucose and use it as fuel for cancer progression. With the consumption of loads of gram of carbs can increase the risk of various cancers.
Normal cells use two types of fuels, one is glucose and another is ketone body. Glucose is generally produced from the carb diets and ketone bodies produced from the fats we consumed. Normal cells use burning fat as fuel in the absence of adequate levels of glucose present in the body.
However, this is not exactly the case with cancer cells. Cancer cells can only use glucose for their growth. In the absence of adequate glucose, cancer cells have to look for less efficient sources of energy production. They are unable to utilize ketone bodies.
CANCER CELLS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HIGH INSULIN
Studies show that diabetes and cancer have an adverse association. Undoubtedly, diabetes involves high blood glucose levels, which means it invites cancer cells for a grand party. It is because cancer cells love glucose.
However, do you ever think sometimes you avoid sugar and carbs but still your body is high in glucose? This is because of high insulin levels or abrupt insulin function in the body. In cancer prevention, this thing also has a great impact.
Therefore it is very important to avoid those foods which surge your blood glucose levels. The keto diet is a perfect combination for this scenario.
KETO DIET AND GLUCOSE ASSOCIATION
The ketogenic diet is divided into three compartments: Fats, Proteins and Carbohydrates. All the three compartments have different impacts upon glucose and insulin.
HOW THIS KETO DIET REDUCES THE RISK OF CANCER?
Stick to the keto diet not only make you physically fit, but also reduces the cancer risk. It helps to change the metabolic environment of the body, which is not suitable for the cancer cells. As we know cancer development surges under carbohydrate intake. By limiting carbs intake, moderating proteins and enhancing fat consumption, keto diet bottlenecks the sugary fuel.
In the deprivation of carbohydrates, cancer cells who only flourish on high glucose levels crave for it. They have no source of repairing the oxidative stress. This further helps them to kill via radiation or chemotherapeutic treatments.
HOW TO START KETO DIET?
As we know we need to restrict carbohydrates, take proteins in moderation and fats in high quantities. However the diet also involves how much to eat. Calorie intake is one of the major goals of this diet to provide the body with particular health benefits.
CUSTOMIZE YOUR KETO DIET PLAN
- Evaluate your ideal body weight
- Assess the daily calorie requirements as per your weight
- Know customize your eating plan with high fat low carb mantra
FOODS CONSUMED IN KETO DIET
Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, cabbage, collard greens, arugula, Boston lettuce).
Also include spinach, sprouts, tomatoes, turnips, water chestnuts, onions, garlic, kale, celery roots, chives, olives, radicchio, fennel, mache, endive, leeks and carrots.
Warning: Vegetables like tomatoes, onions, carrots, peppers, shallots and summer squashes are high in carbohydrates. Therefore, take these in a controlled manner.
Watermelon, strawberries, avocados, raspberries, lemons, cantaloupe, peaches, star fruit.
- Monounsaturated and saturated fats are healthy. Don’t take hydrogenated fats (margarine) to lower your trans-fat intake. Use cold pressed vegetables oils (canola, sunflower, soybean, sesame and flax seeds).
- Refrigerated almond and flaxseeds to reduce the rancidity.
- For cooking purposes, prefer coconut oil, ghee, olive oil.
Take organic cream cheese, ghee, full fat sour cream, cream with no added milk, mascarpone cheese.
Spices also contain carbohydrates, so must consider their carb level before adding them in food. Avoid consuming commercial spices, prefer homemade spices. Include sea salt instead of other salts. Let’s take a look at carbs quantity in spices (1 tablespoon):
- Dried basil: 3.0g
- Black Pepper: 2.4g
- Ground Cinnamon: 1.7g
- Coriander Seeds: 0.6g
- Ground Cumin: 2.1g
- Fennel Seeds: 0.7g
- Ground Ginger: 3.1g
- Onion Powder: 5.2g
- Ground Oregano: 0.4g
- Curry Powder: 1.6g
- Garlic Powder: 5.3g
TIPS TO REMEMBER WHILE CONSUMING KETO DIET
- Avoid potatoes, pasta, bread, corn, soda, beans, desserts (including fruits).
- Consume dishes like roasted, baked, grilled meats, seafood, non-starchy vegetables, and salads.
- Take small amounts of cheese in your foods like salad or fajitas.
- You can suffered from keto flu (Signs and symptoms that can appear within 2-7 days of starting keto diet)
- People with high cholesterol levels should consult a doctor before starting a keto diet.
Keto diet is very good for fat loss, lose weight, cancer prevention and maintaining overall well-being. Following this diet can really give you amazing healthy outcomes. Explore and try once this type of diet and prevent your body from cancer and other diseases.