Cupid's Pulse Article: Food Trend: What’s With the Keto Diet?Cupid's Pulse Article: Food Trend: What’s With the Keto Diet?

By Ashley Johnson

The ketogenic (keto for short) diet has found its way into popularity this past year. The diet consists of a very low-carb, high-fat diet. It has been known to help with preventing seizures for epileptics and to help with a person’s overall quality of life, but it has also been known to be abused or taken to extremes, which of course, only leads to the exact opposite. While this growing food trend has its pros and cons, Cupid is here to give you food advice on how to still include the most delicious and nutritious foods into your diet without feeling like you need to cut out all of your favorite foods forever.

Find out which delicious foods you can still indulge in with the keto food trend!

1. Unsweetened coffee/tea: That’s right; you can still start your day off with a piping cup of coffee! Coffee and tea are absolutely carb-free and have actually been known to reduce the risk of diabetes. Watch out for all the sugars and heavy creamers, and you are ready to start your day off right!

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2. Coconut oil: This essential oil might just be the eighth wonder of the world. Seriously, is there anything coconut oil can’t do? Its unique properties, such as containing medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), are easy for your body to convert into ketones, which means you’ll be more energized. And, if you get sick of eating it, no worries! You can also use it on your skin as a moisturizer. Its medium-chain fatty acids can help keep your skin the smoothest it’s ever been.

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3. Avocado: There is a reason why the avocado craze will never calm down — the fruit is unbelievably healthy. Yes, you can 100 percent still have your daily intake of avocado on the keto diet; just beware of how you prepare it. Instead of having avocado with toast in the morning, try having it whole or in a smoothie, in which you can also add coconut milk, cacao butter, and chocolate collagen protein.

4. Meats and seafood: Meat and seafood are essential proteins for any diet, including keto. Chicken, turkey, beef, and other dark meat are great, because they contain vitamin B and other essential minerals like potassium and zinc. Of course, quality protein has also been linked to the preservation of muscle mass.

5. Cheese: We know it’s hard not to put cheese on just about anything you eat. Well, you don’t have to worry about cheese in your keto diet because it’s more nutritious than you might think. The dairy product is low in carbs and high in saturated fat. Lastly, it contains conjugated linoleic acid, which has been known to help weight loss and improve body composition.

While the keto diet is the current craze, it is important to know the most balanced foods you can have while on any diet, and what foods you should be avoiding. What are some of your favorite ketogenic foods? Let us know in the comments below!