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Cheese is Keto?
Why is cheese not as healthy as you think?
Cheese seems perfect for the ketogenic diet: it is high in fat and contains very little carbohydrate, which corresponds to the nutrient ratios of the keto diet.
In fact, it's a food you should avoid.
Like many people on a keto diet I thought at first that adding cheese to my diet was a good idea and that's also why many keto diet recipes contain large amounts of cheese and dairy products.
Unfortunately, like many dairy products, it's best to avoid cheese.
You want to know why ? Here are the top 5 reasons why you should remove the majority of dairy products (including cheese) from your diet.
1. Most concentrate many harmful substances (hormones, antibiotics, toxic)
Dairy products have a lot less nutrients than we think and a lot of things we do not know. Store-bought milk is usually homogenized and pasteurized, destroying the beneficial bacteria and enzymes found in milk.
And if you consume dairy products made from non-organic milk, there is another problem: they may contain traces of hormones and antibiotics administered to the cows that produced the milk. And these are not substances that you want in your body!
In addition, if you check the label of dairy ingredients, some of them may contain preservatives to give them a longer shelf life. They can also contain aromas to enhance their taste.
2. Dairy products tend to be easily over-consumed, reducing weight loss.
This is perhaps the most important reason why you should eliminate dairy products from your Keto diet if you are trying to lose weight.
Many people find that cheese and other dairy products are easily consumed in excess.
(If you follow videos from the YouTube channel KetoLabs, you know that it comes from a peptide released during casein digestion.The peptide in question called "casomorphine" has similar effects on the opiate brain causing a very strong physical and psychological dependence)
Regarding cheese, you should know that most are very rich in protein (as much as meat for many) and this is problematic.
The ketogenic diet is a diet rich in fat and moderate in protein.
-> Why can not we eat a lot of protein? Because excess is converted into sugar by the body. This mechanism, known as gluconeogenesis, causes an increase in blood sugar (blood sugar) that can lead to ketosis.
For the anecdote, before I became aware of this, I ate from time to time County or Cheddar and I always had a ketosis exit the next day. I also had a slow and difficult digestion and I felt that my intestinal transit was disrupted. No pain, but a feeling of heaviness in the belly.
Even if you do not need to count calories on a ketogenic diet, overeating can block your weight loss.
In fact if you have a ketogenic diet and you do not get the results you want, or if you are stuck on a level of weight loss, the excess protein may be involved, in which case, it is the inflammation that is guilty.
3. Dairy products and inflammation
Milk is one of the biggest contributors to general inflammation, associated with serious degenerative diseases. Indeed, casein is a protein (used as a glue in industry) very difficult to digest by the body, helping to increase the intestinal porosity (presence of holes in the intestines).
These holes let in the internal environment elements that should not pass the intestinal barrier (bacteria, undigested macromolecules, etc.).
-> The consequence? Inflammation that causes the immune system to be alerted to eliminate these undesirable elements.
Over time, as inflammation becomes chronic, the immune system becomes exhausted and becomes ineffective in managing other problems.
It is at this point that other pathologies occur, which in theory have no direct link: cardiovascular diseases, autoimmune diseases, cancers, allergies, asthma, diseases of the digestive system, thyroid problems, neurological diseases, etc.
4. Lactose intolerance
About 65 to 75% of the world's population is lactose intolerant, which means that they are lactase deficient, an enzyme necessary for the digestion of sugar in milk. The highest rates of lactose intolerance are found in people of African, Asian and South American descent.
There are also many other dairy-sensitive people who do not realize it because it can happen with age. We can eat dairy products for many years and end up suffering from lactose intolerance.
The negative reactions associated with this difficulty in digesting lactose include acne, sinusitis, headache, fatigue, joint pain, digestive problems and eczema. If you suffer from any of these diseases, try to eliminate dairy products from your diet and see if your condition improves.
5. Dependency problem
Another problem with casein in cheese. During digestion, peptides called casomorphin lead to cheese addiction. These peptides bind to opiate receptors in our brain (the same as for drugs) and cause dependence.
That's why @SuperKeto and I, as well as many other ketogenic diet practitioners, strongly discourage cheese consumption, except for one or two exceptions that you will find on the videos of our KetoLabs channel.
Video about cheese and the ketogenic diet