Saturated fat: A type of fat found in abundance in butter, whole milk, ice cream, full-fat cheese, fatty meats, poultry skin, and palm and coconut oils. Saturated fat raises levels of heart-threatening LDL cholesterol in your bloodstream. It can also interfere with your body’s ability to absorb blood sugar easily. Limiting saturated fat can help control your risk for heart disease.
There is nothing inherently difficult about following a ketogenic diet. We have many patients who do this very easily over many years. The metabolic benefits significantly outway any perceived challenges from limiting particular food types. Uptake would be far more widespread if nutrition professionals left their predujical opinions of SFA’s behind. Finally, given the expertise in Ketogenic Diets at Harvard, Dr David Ludwig, for one springs to mind, I am surprised the author did not avail themselves of the local expertise.
I was well aware of the dearth of mainstream knowledge of NK, and particularly the conflation of NK with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a pathologic state that results from the complete or near absence of insulin, which is what prompted my writing and desire to share my journey. And I was once in the wanker category of folks who spoke with “authority” about ketosis, despite knowing somewhere between zero and nothing on the topic. I remember exactly where I was sitting in a clinic at Johns Hopkins in 2002 during my residency explaining to (admonishing, really) a patient who was on the Atkins diet how harmful it was because of DKA. Not only that, the ketogenic diet could be seen as the antithesis of a “healthy” diet by conventional standards. I could see how this was a difficult proposition for many to acknowledge.
Nutritional ketosis may facilitate PGC-1α activity through multiple mechanisms. Since PGC-1α is activated by AMPK and SIRT1, nutritional ketosis may initiate PGC-1α activity through these enzymes. As previously mentioned, catecholamines and adiponectin facilitate PGC-1α activity by promoting its expression, and insulin inhibits PGC-1α through downstream phosphorylation, all independent of AMPK. As previously discussed, a ketogenic diet may increase catecholamines and adiponectin and is well known to decrease insulin, indicating that nutritional ketosis may directly facilitate PGC-1α activity through these hormones. Supporting these potential mechanisms, a ketogenic or low-carbohydrate diet has increased expression, protein content, and activation of PGC-1α [149, 231, 317], as well as expression of its target PPARα [87, 148]. Furthermore, in skeletal muscle of mice following a ketogenic diet, the resulting increases in O2 consumption and expression of genes related to fat oxidation appear to be dependent on PGC-1α [157]. Ketones likely contribute to this signaling as well based on the recent observation that the increased hepatic expression of PPARα targets induced by a ketogenic diet did not occur with a nonketogenic low-carbohydrate diet [37].
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You can find a mixed bag of studies in rodents; sometimes the ketogenic diet is amazing sometimes it’s terrible. The main reason why is because there are many kinds of ketogenic diets; what fats were used? how processed is the food and what was the method of processing? were these genetically manipulated mice or wild type? were they fed ad lib (to their hearts content), forced fed (hypercaloric) or had their calories restricted?
Another lipid marker of interest is blood triglyceride levels. Blood triglycerides are frequently elevated in the metabolic syndrome, and are a risk factor for cardiovascular disease111. A common misconception is that consuming high levels of fat leads to persistently high levels of blood triglycerides. However, there is data that suggests that a high fat diet does not affect blood triglyceride levels, and may even lower them21 ,112, especially following a period of adaptation113. 
And the one thing to keep in mind is that your bread will likely fall slightly post bake. Blame it on the lack of starch (keto flours are notoriously heavy and moist) and certain missing proteins (think gluten). Just keep in mind that we’re baking at ridiculously high altitude here, so if our loaf was still nearly double it’s volume after cooling- odds are yours will be even better!
I was reading through the comments on this recipe and noticed a number of posts by people who were disappointed because they had followed the recipe to the letter and the bread still didn’t turn out like yours. You did your best to help them sort out what the problem might be, but there were two issues that I didn’t see addressed that might make a difference: altitude and relative humidity. I live in Irvington, Alabama (near Mobile). I have been baking gluten-free for over twenty years and I realized long ago that nearly every recipe I used from Bette Hagman’s books had to be adjusted or they wouldn’t turn out. Then I remembered something from my earlier baking days using wheat flour. Most of the recipes I used noted that liquids and leavening have to be adjusted based on altitude and relative humidity to get recipes to rise properly and to avoid gumminess. That is, if you live at a much higher or lower altitude than Maria, or you live in a much wetter or drier climate, you will have to tweak the liquids and leavening to suit the area where you live. Start with about two tablespoons less water if you’re getting gummy results. Start with about one teaspoon less baking powder if your bread is rising too fast and forming a bubble. I imagine getting this recipe to work is like making any other kind of bread; after you’ve made it come out right a few times, you get a feel for what the dough should look/feel like in order to turn out.
As ketones are the only other metabolic substrate that can fuel the brain, there is a compelling mechanism whereby ketosis could improve brain energy metabolism and therefore improve symptoms of AD. Despite a declining ability of the brain to use glucose, cerebral ketone metabolism is preserved in AD (Castellano2015). This means that ketosis could be used to prevent an energy deficit in the brain. Another possibility is that ketone metabolism decreases mitochondrial damage caused by oxidative stress in the brain52. Individuals with AD tend to have increased mitochondrial oxidative stress, which can worsen brain energy production and increase plaque and tangle formation53.  
Thanks for this article. I just started a Keto diet so found it appropriate to my current lifestyle. Though I don’t believe your bottom line is strong enough since you simply stating that the diet is “hard to follow” and food is “notoriously unhealthy” without evidence going deeper into why those “notoriously unhealthy” foods are worse than keeping carbohydrate-heavy food that are addictive and give the body a quick sugar high for energy. I believe “hard to follow” is your opinion only, since acceptable Keto foods are found at all restaurants easily and also all grocery stores. All the foods you mention: “rich in very colorful fruits and vegetables, lean meats, fish, whole grains, nuts, seeds, olive oil, and lots of water” are all Keto-friendly. Many people have been on a Keto-diet for years. A healthy lifestyle is a healthy mindset change and making right choices – it’s not going to be easy.
I was so excited about making this bread. I recently cut all grains out of my life and I’m also in the process of going gluten free because i have a lot of digestive issues. I followed the recipe precisely. Checked the temp before taking it out of oven. It looked amazing nice and golden brown. I cut into it and i couldn’t wait for that first bite. I was so disappointed it has an odd flavor I just couldnt stomach and it was very salty to me. I tried a few tiny bites with different condiments and couldn’t eat it. After reading some comments, I see it is supposed to be unsalted butter. I used salted, but why did it seem to have a bitter sour taste to it?
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Jennifer, The yeast has no carbs. The coconut sugar does have carbs, but the yeast feeds on it and through the process of fermentation uses the sugar for energy and releases carbon dioxide gas as a result. The yeast is for flavor, aroma, and in our opinion does help with a little bit of rise. Additionally, we don’t like to consider any foods “bad”, “off-limits”, or not keto. Instead, we opt to mainly eat nourishing real foods that fit into our daily macro intake. We hope this helps! Best of luck on your keto journey.
Hi Maria, I love your bread recipes but can’t get over the one thing, the gritty texture you get in one every couple bites due to the psyllium husk, I have tried different brands and all have it. I haven’t tried Jay Robs yet. But have you tried ground up chia seeds instead by any chance? I read somewhere to just add twice the amount of water. Thanks
You’ve got a few options here. Erythritol (Lakanto is awesome here), Xylitol (non-corn though to avoid tummy troubles!) and allulose are my top choices (no aftertaste at all!). Pyure is also a good one for muffins and quick breads, particularly if you’re trying to limit your sugar alcohol consumption (it’s added stevia makes it twice as sweet as sugar… i.e. you add half!).
To think of it another way, if you start with stored energy – glucose or fat, for example, which if burned in calorimeter will give off varying amounts of heat – and you’re willing to convert their carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen molecules into another form with less energy – water and carbon dioxide which, if burned, produce very little heat – it’s a fair trade!  The ETC is simply the vehicle that allows our body to make the switch.
The reason a starving person can live for 40-60 days is precisely because we can turn fat into ketones and convert ketones into substrate for the Krebs Cycle in the mitochondria of our neurons. In fact, the more fat you have on your body, the longer you can survive.  As an example of this, you may want to read this remarkable case report of a 382 day medically supervised fast (with only water and electrolytes)!  If we had to rely on glucose, we’d die in a few days.  If we could only rely on protein, we’d live a few more days but become completely debilitated with muscle wasting.
There is also exciting early research suggesting that ketosis may be beneficial for many other conditions, such as reducing the frequency and severity of migraine headaches, reversing PCOS, perhaps enhancing conventional brain cancer therapies, possibly slowing down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, along with potentially helping people live longer, healthier lives.
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Maria, Maria. I really want this bread to work for me, but I just made my 4th attempt and it’s in the trash. I have read every comment about this bread, watched the video, I have all your recipe books and all the recipes come out great…but THIS bread is my nemesis! I don’t mind that it comes out purple, but my bread doesn’t rise like yours. It’s maybe 2-3″ tall, and it’s only porous on the top, while the bottom is soggy. Then, if I flip it over in the bread pan and bake it longer, to try to dry out the soggy part, the formerly soggy part turns porous and the previously porous part turns soggy. In other words, no matter what I do, the bottom half is disgusting. Is it the pan I’m using?? I have tried aluminized steel and stainless steel, both 9 x 5. I measure everything to the ounce or gram and run my psyllium husk through the coffee grinder a few times before weighing/adding it. I am really determined not to get a half soggy half bread-like purple brick out of this! Thoughts?

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Forget Atkins and Paleo — the new low-carb diet du jour is called keto, as in ketogenic. Although there are many similarities between these diets, a keto diet is all about restricting carbohydrates and increasing healthy fats. The goal is to force your body’s metabolism into ketosis, which means it burns fat instead of glucose — because without carbs, glucose isn’t readily available.
I love how simple this recipe is and how quickly they bake!  My oven is broken and only goes to 350, so I had to adjust the bake time and think I slightly overbooked them as they were a bit dry.  I followed some of the comments’ recommendations and used half egg whites and half whole eggs (I made 4) and did not find them eggy.  They were light and fluffy, but a bit bland.  I added rosemary to 2 and garlic powder, cheddar cheese and parsley to 2.  I just eyeballed the additions and found them bland.  Next time I will add more herbs/cheese.  I did butter them and found they soaked up the butter – again maybe because they were dry?  I will definitely make these again.  Thanks again for a great quick and easy recipe!

All I can say is WOW! I am a week in on this Keto way of eating and came across this simple recipe. Gotta admit, I didn’t think I would like it…I LOVE IT! So easy to make…took me 20 minutes total! It was light, moist and delicious. I used one small loaf pan, doubled the ingredients and made the regular one and the cheese mix in. Can’t wait to share the rest with my co-workers…we are doing this together. Will be back to check for other recipes. Thank you!


I am so frustrated. I have made the rolls a dozen times and they vary in results but always come out acceptable. I truly enjoy them. However, no matter what I do I cannot get the darn loaf to work! I am specific with ingredients, I have tried leaving the loaf in the oven to cool, I have tried taking it out. I make sure the water is at a rolling boil. I tried different sized pans…just doesn’t work. The only difference I can think of is the loaf pan. I am wondering if I were to just form the dough into a loaf without the restriction of a pan, would it come out better? It wouldn’t be as pretty but it might work.
Our keto bread recipe has a beautiful golden crust. It has great structure with a lovely rise and perfect bread-like crumb. It slices well for sandwiches or toasting, but you don’t have to toast or grill it to make it taste good. Sliced with a smear of salted butter is keto perfection. And it actually tastes like bread, not eggs or almonds or coconut. Additionally, this bread will keep well wrapped in the fridge for up to a week!
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