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‘Keto Diet Is Based On Misinformation’ Says Cardiologist

'As a cardiologist, I believe the keto diet is a mistake. The keto diet, I believe, is based on misinformation'

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The keto diet is ‘based on misinformation’ according to a leading cardiologist.

Plant-based advocate Robert Ostfeld, MD. MSc, is the Director of Preventive Cardiology at Montefiore Health System and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

He made the comments in a recent video published by Plant Based News on its YouTube channel.

Keto diet

“As a cardiologist, I believe the keto diet is a mistake. The keto diet, I believe, is based on misinformation,” said Dr. Ostfeld.

“The general theme is that in the 1980s, the government told us to eat low fat.Then we ate low fat and look at us now: we’re fat and sick. It’s a really nice narrative, but it’s not true. We ate more of everything, including fat.

“So it’s based, I think, on fake news. There is no long-living population that is consistently in a state of ketosis. And the one population that often comes up is the Inuit population and they live very far North, near the Pole, and eat a lot of fish.

Well, they have similar heart disease rates as people in Canada, and actually the Inuit population, they’ve selected for a mutation, that makes it harder for them to go into ketosis, suggesting that it is not evolutionarily beneficial to be in a chronic state of ketosis.”

Keto diet omissions

Dr. Ostfeld pointed out that when people follow a keto diet, they are leaving healthy foods out of their diet, including whole grains, most fruits, and pulses like beans and lentils. The omission of fruit, he said, can have health implications.

He said: “Dr. Du found in a huge population out of China – like 500,000 people – it’s published in the New England Journal of Medicine and PLOS online, the more fresh fruit you ate, the better you did.

The less heart disease, less high blood pressure, the less diabetes. Yes, you eat more fresh fruit and you had less diabetes. I’m kind of getting sick of hearing about how fruit causes diabetes.”

Use of keto diet

According to Dr. Ostfeld, the keto diet is helpful for people with refractory epilepsy in the pediatric population. However, there are numerous side effects.

“Heart arrhythmias, mineral deficiencies, cardiomyopathy, fractures, kidney stones. They take it, they’re very careful with it. So I don’t think a ketogenic diet is your friend,” the doctor said. “And as a cardiologist, I recommend patients absolutely do not do it.”

Reasons people do the keto diet

Epilepsy aside, there are two general categories why people do the keto diet, according to the doctor. These include weight loss and diabetes.

He said: “Now in regard to weight loss, a ketogenic diet is helpful for short term weight loss, but so is cocaine.

“And what happens is if you don’t eat any carbs, you use up your glycogen stores in your body. That’s what glucose is stored as, and that holds water. So you use it up, you pee out the water, lose a little weight.

“When you initially start a ketogenic diet, you get something called the keto flu, and you feel a little crummy…So in the short term, you lose weight, but in meta-analysis of multiple randomized trials of weight loss with a keto diet versus a higher carb diet, there’s really only about less than a kilogram of difference in weight loss.”

Diabetes

According to Dr. Ostfeld, ameta analyses of large randomized trials longer term, ‘showed that there’s no significant difference between a higher carb, low fat and a ketogenic diet in terms of sugar control’.

He added: “Now, if you eat no sugar, your blood sugar levels will go down. But the issue is you’re not necessarily reversing the underlying reason why you have the diabetes. We’re talking about adult-onset, type two diabetes. You have diabetes in the first place. That’s the insulin resistance. And you’re just masking it by making it seem like your blood sugar is low.

“And what happens is when you’re eating more animal products, you get fat deposits in your muscle and your liver, causing insulin resistance, making it harder for the glucose to go from your blood into those places where it can be stored.”

Blood sugar

Dr. Ostfeld concluded: “Now, when you don’t eat sugar, it looks and your blood sugar goes down. So it looks like you’ve fixed the problem. But then when you sit within six feet of a donut, your blood sugar shoots up.

“So to me, reversing diabetes is not masking it, but actually being able to eat fruit and whole grains and not having your blood sugar go up.

“And we do have data from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, where eating a plant-based diet can improve insulin resistance and improve beta cell and the pancreas’s ability to make insulin. I’m not aware of any data to that effect with a ketogenic diet.”

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corboulee
corboulee
1 year ago

Hyperbole

Matthew Bobimas
Matthew Bobimas
1 year ago

What a bluff! Eating fruit, I mean hybridized fruit for taste aka sugar not for nutrients will pump loads of fructose- the worst kind of sugar into you, how does that treat diabetes???
Whole grains are healthy? Did he check the nutritional value of grains! It’s got none! And oh, gluten! Let’s load up on that so we wreck our gut flora and glue intestines preventing any nutrient absorption.
What is wrong with these liar doctors! Big pharma is doing a little bit of tune so they keep having sick people to get more sick and then “help” them stay sick for as long as they alive.
Ketosis is a natural state of the humans. Babies born into ketosis and if they are on mother’s milk they stay in ketosis. Noticed how they have stronger immune system vs formula fed?
This doctor is a LIAR. Keto is a therapeutic diet which will get you healthier, once you there stay with nutrient dense Paleo diet, eat real food, whole food, no grains, you’ll outlive most. I hate liars

Mark James
Mark James
1 year ago

This isn’t even close to the Keto hypothesis. The diet change is only a correlation. Keto is about reducing inflammation through diet. And like any diet, you can eat healthy or not. This guy is just cherry picking trials without any medical details on how what we consume interacts with the body. It’s worth the research if you want to understand it better.

Mark Wooldorf
Mark Wooldorf
1 year ago
Reply to  Mark James

There are many ways how unfortunately keto diet destroys people health (small variation of Atkins rebranded) and yes, keto diet does increase inflammation and it is directly associated with increased anxiety and depression levels whilst it will COMPLETLY DESTROY your gut bacteria balance (the ration in between good / poor bacteria has been recognised as a anti ageing marker) and you can see more here https://www.personaltrainingmaster.co.uk/how-poor-eating-habits-damages-your-gut-bacteria so Dr Ostfeld advice is very welcome.

Gene
Gene
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark Wooldorf

dude, “Markie Mark Woodorf”, seems you to need to check your research. Maybe you are a “NUT- ritionist”. as mentioned you have no clue. Please crawl out of the the dark and move help yourself and customers.

Gary
Gary
26 days ago
Reply to  Mark Wooldorf

I’ve been on Keto for nine months. My health is good in every indicator, (and I pop better). Don’t tell me that the 20 lbs I lost is water. Nobody gets better on Metformin and insulin, but I know 4 people who have reversed their diabetes and stopped insulin altogether. Doctors have been hoodwinked by Big Pharm to try to keep everyone on expensive lifetime meds.

Ki
Ki
1 year ago
Reply to  Mark James

It’s hilarious how he talks about misinformation but doesn’t seem to know anything about the diet himself. Like he quickly googled it before giving this statement. Laughable.

Ant
Ant
1 year ago

I stopped taking this article seriously when you compared keto to cocaine. That is literally the stupidest thing I have ever heard and leads me to believe you are NOT a doctor! Pure click-bait! I lost 90 pounds through keto, kept it off and resumed a normal diet. By your analogy, my losing 90 pounds was less helpful to my body that cocaine? Give your head a shake and stop creating sensationalist bullhooey to sell your “fake news”… Sheesh…

Ant
Ant
1 year ago

You lost ALL credibility when you compared Keto to Cocaine! How utterly ridiculous. I stopped reading at that point because you are either a crack pot or using “sensationalist” statements as click bait for views. I have heard that jogging is worse for you than injecting heroin. Can you confirm?? Probably if there is money in it. Give your heads a shake and stop publishing these click bait stories under the guise of health.

Darrell Sawczuk
Admin
6 months ago
Reply to  Ant

Hi Ant,

Thank you for your comment.

Please note that Plant Based News was merely reporting on the statements of the cardiologist.

Darrick Smith
Darrick Smith
1 year ago

Just curious which would you listen to regarding a diet a cardiologist or a nutritionist? You can argue that keto performed outside of research can be dangerous. However if you are changing your way of eating it needs to be a well informed decision and planned course of action. Not going to a store a picking up a package because it says keto on the cover

Daryl
Daryl
1 year ago
Reply to  Darrick Smith

I have an implanted defibrillator which shocked me on four separate occasions and during each occasion, I was following the keto diet. I experienced severe irregularities.

Kaitensatsuma
Kaitensatsuma
1 year ago

He lost me at “But then when you sit within six feet of a donut, your blood sugar shoots up.” Is this a cardiologist or a comedian? There is an issue in adapting back into sugar, that’s true but does he think that people just go around eating sticks of butter all day?

If I were a cardiologist I’d speak to the issue of high LDL Cholesterol in the short to medium term of the diet more at length since that’s the real health risk.

You can eat fruit, you especially should eat veggies, your protein intake should come from not too fatty meats, you’re encouraged to fill your plate with high fiber, high quality carbohydrates especially from cruciferous vegetables The occasional serving of beans or legumes won’t kill you either as long as you’re tracking your macros. fish is fantastic, so is chicken. Use healthy Omega 3 oils like Olive Oil.

They suggest the Mediterranean diet which is high in plants, meat and oils but not Keto?

Ilja
Ilja
1 year ago

Yes right. I had severe insulin resistance and never lost weight on any diet. my doc refused to measure my insulin levels until I insisted. sugar was normal. At 40 having a BMI of 43 I started keto for 3 months and I lost 15kg (30lb). Then my insulin resistance improved and I switched to a healthy eating pattern including only healthy whole foods and carbs. I did not gain weight anymore. This is great. I did to do cardio 3-4 times a week and still did not lose weight. But as soon as I switch on keto I start losing weight again. With all due respect, I can only lose weight on keto and I believe that there are people out there who have the same issue.

johnjacobjingleheimerschmidt
johnjacobjingleheimerschmidt
1 year ago
Reply to  Ilja

This article is laughable. He’s probably not even a cardiologist. I’ve seen articles like this about keto ever since it came out. They are more funny than anything.

Andrea
Andrea
1 year ago

I’m flabbergasted!

Regardless of the information put forward to support or call out the effectiveness of a keto based diet, I found it outrageous that the author refers to Cocaine as an example of another way of losing weight. To write, that using a class A drug and therefore all that goes along with that lifestyle choice is in the same category as eating a high protein diet is completely absurd. This only leaves one thinking that this piece has been written by someone who is completely lacking in knowledge about this subject and has to offer crass examples in an effort to suggest an alternative way to lose weight.
I propose that in the name of literary research the author spends a week taking cocaine and records the affects of this and posts it on here!

redMac
redMac
1 year ago

They keep showing photos of massive amount of meat and butter as if that is what you would only eat if you were attempting to become fat adapted and produce ketones. Just stop.

Kaitensatsuma
Kaitensatsuma
1 year ago
Reply to  redMac

Haha, to be fair to them on this, it doesn’t help that even most Keto Cookbooks are all about “Fat Bombs” and not like “Hey, just…like….make a nice filling salad with some meat and use a vinaigrette”

DrPresure
DrPresure
1 year ago
Reply to  Kaitensatsuma

Fat bombs have a purpose — to correct your macros. A salad with meat and vinegrette sounds like a dangerous keto meal — you might put onions or tomatoes or shredded carrots in, many vinegrettes use sugar. You need that FAT.

Kaitensatsuma
Kaitensatsuma
1 year ago
Reply to  DrPresure

I’m one of the few people who actually is capable in the kitchen and make all my meals and salad dressings so this was an oversight on my part.

A simple vinegar or acid pairing (red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice) and oil pairing with cracked pepper, kosher salt and a *bit* of chopped garlic, mustard seed, lemon zest and can be good.

Of the 4 Keto cookbooks I’ve picked up I feel like only one out of those 4 focuses on establishing good eating, shopping and food tracking habits and the others go more down the “throw a slab of butter or bacon at it” route

Delphine
Delphine
1 year ago

The cardiologist in the article obviously doesn’t know much about the keto diet or is purposely misrepresenting it.
First of all, a keto diet can be anywhere on the spectrum of meat based or plant based (from carnivore to vegetarian, but vegan is much harder). Most keto folk eat plenty of low carb high fiber vegetables.
The comment that people eating fruits are healthier than others cannot be proven. It cannot be done by other means than observational studies as it would not be feasible to control precisely the diet of individuals for years. Therefore there are many confounding factors, including other items in the diet or other lifestyle information such as smoking, alcohol consumption, activity level, etc. To sum up, we cannot control for the “healthy user bias”.
Regarding insulin resistance and diabetes, indeed one shouldn’t confuse lower blood sugar level with reversal. However, what is preferable: lowering blood sugar through diet or with the ingestion or injection of drugs? Insulin is the absolute worst as it worsens the problem: type II diabetes is not a disease of too little insulin (although in the latest stages it can lead to total failure of the pancreas) but of too much insulin as the insulin resistance of cells (including fat cells) causes the pancreas to crank out yet more insulin to maintain blood sugar levels at a dub-lethal range

Orlando Figueiredo
Orlando Figueiredo
1 year ago

It’s painful to see such level of ignorance among the medical community

johnjacobjingleheimerschmidt
johnjacobjingleheimerschmidt
1 year ago

Isn’t it stunning?

tony
tony
1 year ago

Im on keto and I actually eat less red meat than I did when I wasn’t on it. Most of my fat comes from avocado oil, coconut oil mct, and natural fat from chicken, almonds, etc. I eat broccoli, kale, and other dark green fiber filled veggies daily. Probably more so than my low fat diet because they’ve taken the place of bread. So I don’t really understand his explanation of keto. I’m hungry less (because of the fat) I actually take in less sodium. I eat way more fish and salmon than I ever have before. My bp is down, and I literally lost 13 lbs of fat the first week. I sleep better and think clearer. I’m not sure he’s done his research. He may have seen the dirty keto regimen and assumed it was the standard.

Kaitensatsuma
Kaitensatsuma
1 year ago
Reply to  tony

To be fair to that *edit – first 13 lbs of* weight loss: a good bit of that is probably water weight as your body also uses carbohydrates to store water. You’re likely peeing more often as well if your sodium levels are *too low*, so make sure you drink plenty of water.

Make sure you keep an eye on your potassium levels as well.

DrPresure
DrPresure
1 year ago
Reply to  Kaitensatsuma

Not really. The first 10 lbs or so is, but that is over after the first few days to a week. After that you body has adjusted and the rest is real weight loss.

Kaitensatsuma
Kaitensatsuma
1 year ago
Reply to  DrPresure

Right, and Tony specifically said “I lost 13 lbs in the first week”, which was what I was referring to.

Everything else is long term benefits ?

I’ll edit to make it more specific that I mean *those first 13 lbs* though, I can see how it can be read the wrong way.

Wei Chen
Wei Chen
1 year ago
Reply to  Kaitensatsuma

Potassium shouldn’t be a problem on clean Keto as the veggies in it are super high in potassium

Lil
Lil
1 year ago
Reply to  tony

I’ve lost 30lbs on Keto and have kept it off for over a year now! It’s the only diet that has helped me lose the unwanted weight!! This Dr is cra cra!

David Huang
David Huang
1 year ago

I call bullsh*t on this so called leading cardio dr. What an idiot. I’ve never been healthier since I got into clean keto. Physically lost inches and inches of body fat. Blood pressure went from 158/115 down to 114/82, triglycerides dropped from 400+ down to under 100. Resting heart rate went from 110+ to 70. No, I don’t crave donuts, even when sitting 6 inches away from a donut. And no f ing way did my insulin shoot up because I walk passed a donut. Had it not been the clean keto that I went on, I’m probably dead by now. And yes, I’ve had heart complications before my keto. And yes, I was on various heart meds. No more drugs for my heart. lost 45+ lbs. And no I’m way that those 45+ lbs are all water weight. Yes during the first few days, I can understand, but you don’t piss away water and end up seeing your muscle underneath.

Nicholas James Walter
Nicholas James Walter
1 year ago

This has to be clickbait, what a terrible writeup ?

Otis M
Otis M
1 year ago

Bull $h!t. That’s not how keto works

DrPresure
DrPresure
1 year ago

What a trash article. When I started keto, my doctor was concerned and ran base line tests. After three months, we retested my levels: blood pressure down, HDL cholesterol down, triglycerides down. Considering being overweight is as dangerous as smoking, you have to wonder what this “cardiologist and plant food advocate” is smoking FFS. Do some research without your conclusion in place first!

noah
noah
1 year ago

Pehaps Dr. Ostfeld, and the author, are working on a bit of “fake news” here themselves, by presenting a bunch of sound bites without context.

He says, “The general theme is that in the 1980s, the government told us to eat low fat.Then we ate low fat and look at us now: we’re fat and sick. It’s a really nice narrative, but it’s not true. We ate more of everything, including fat.” False. We actually ate LESS (per capita) of red meat, dairy and eggs… you know, the supposed “bad” fats of some forms of keto. True, we did eat much more fat… in the form of PLANT-BASED industrial seed and vegetable oils.

We also decreased our intake of healthy vegetables (which should be the basis of ANY healthy diet, including keto) but slightly increased our intake of fruits and legumes and massively increased our intake of GRAINS, by over 30%.

Per capita caloric intake has increased by over 20% in the past five decades, but nearly half of those calories come from just two food groups: PLANT-BASED flours and grains and predominately PLANT-BASED seed and vegetable and oils. Meats, dairy and eggs provide smaller shares of our daily caloric intake than they did five decades ago.

How’s that for some plant-based news that you won’t hear from the contributors to or editors of “Plant Based News” reports?

And a well-formulated keto diet IS plant-based, with low-carb and high-fiber green vegetables being the basis, a variety of “fatty” plant foods like avocado, tree nuts, coconut, olives, dark chocolate, etc. added in, and then amounts of fish, eggs, dairy and meat that can be quite minimal (with the best formulations probably including omega-3 fish and very limited grass-fed animal products).

Lynnette Vining
Lynnette Vining
1 year ago
Reply to  noah

Since I was a child cereal was a thing for early morning routines, kids and adults gobbled down bowls of it. Even in the 70’s I heard eating the box was better for you than the stuff inside the box. And after school lots of kids ate more cereal because nobody was home to cook a meal. The USDA food pyramid supported what farmers grew, not what was healthy.
I admire and support doctors that diagnose and treat illnesses but I don’t think they are trained for healthy nutrition. Otherwise they would have known years ago that carbs=sugar=unhealthy.

Laurie
Laurie
1 year ago
Reply to  noah

I agree with everything except the part where you say very limited grass-fed animal products. Keto and Carnivore is based low carbs and high fatty meats which have all the nutrients we need from them. Grass-fed and grass-finished are the healthiest meats to consume, if people can afford them. See Dr Ken D Berry on YouTube and ALL other social medias. He’s a family physician who bases Keto and Carnivore ALL on Science, unlike this supposed Dr does!!

jwjesq
1 year ago

The PCRM has an agenda, which is animal rights. I sympathize with that agenda, which is why I don’t eat any mammals or birds. However, it colors their science. What advantages are there in eating grains, fruits and beans over vegetables? Especially if you have blood sugar issues? You can eat a ton of vegetables, which have a ton of nutrients, and be very low carb. Add seafood and nuts, which are rich in omega 3s, and you have a very healthy diet.

Will Smith
Will Smith
1 year ago

He knows that Keto is going to ruin his business.

Laurie
Laurie
1 year ago
Reply to  Will Smith

Exactly!! And this article is published in Plant Based News! Lol!! They are cherry picking Drs to scare people and put fear into them!
Being Keto/Carnivore myself, I did get extremely sick when I did drink a glass of orange juice!!! I immediately threw it up due to the fructose which is SUGAR!! It increased my sugar and my body couldn’t handle it!!
I’ll stick with Keto/Carnivore!!! I’ve NEVER felt BETTER!!!
I’d like this Dr to post WHERE he got his science from!!! That won’t happen though, nor would an edited article if he did add the science make the news headlines. This is entirely his opinion and he is the kind of Dr we DON’T want to have!!!
Keto/Carnivore is what got us here as our ancestors ate this way and none of them had any diabetes! This Dr is ENCOURAGING AND CAUSING diabetes by suggesting we eat HIS way!!!

Ronald S. Kragnes
Ronald S. Kragnes
1 year ago

REAL NEWS…
YouTube: “Joe Rogan – Why Obese People Can’t Lose Weight”
1) Lower Insulin (prolong fasting, intermittent fasting, alternate-day fasting, or Ketogenic diet)
2) Lower Cortisol (less stress, more sleep, better relationships)
3) Higher Testosterone (high intensity interval training, lift weights, play sports, or supplement)
4) Lower Estrogen (eat leafy greens and lose weight)
5) Hormone Sensitive Lipase & Growth Hormone (stand & walk more)

YouTube: “Top 5 Exercises To Lose Belly Fat Naturally At Home” (Dr. Sten Ekberg)
“It’s not the visceral fat that’s dangerous, but the hormones that gave rise to it.”
Visceral Fat is 95% Diet Problem and 5% an Exercise Problem
1) Insulin – Eating too often and too much (Intermittent Fasting)
2) Fatty Liver – Too much sugar/alcohol/carbohydrates (Ketogenic Diet/Low Carb High Fat/Carnivore)
3) Cortisol – Too much Stress, and/or not enough sleep
+Cut out processed foods, bad seed oils, white flour, white sugar, white rice, chemicals, artificial flavors

Aerobic vs Anaerobic Exercise
Aerobic is better because: Its with Oxygen, Fat Burning, Reduces Insulin, HR<120
Anaerobic: W/out Oxygen, Glucose Burning, Cortisol and Insulin Raising, HR=120-160

Best Exercises:
Walking
Treadmill, Elliptical, Stationary Bike (keep it Aerobic, low intensity)
Crunches, Planks, Pilates, Core Strength, Yoga
High Intensity Interval Training: Burpees, Bike, Stairs,
Weightlifting: High Intensity, Low Reps (NOT circuit training)
Increases Human Growth Hormone, Increases Metabolism, Improves Muscles & Brain.

YouTube: “My Favorite Liver Hacks For Weight Loss” (Dr. Mindy Pelz)
@7:32 Exercise - High Intensity Interval Training: Burpees, Bike, Stairs,
Weightlifting: High Intensity, Low Reps (NOT circuit training)
@5:42 Give up alcohol - Too much sugar/alcohol/carbohydrates
@6:29 Detox Toxins - Exercise: High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
Diet: Fasting, Low-Carb, Keto, or Carrnivore Diet
Nutrition: Increase Folate and Vitamin B12 rich foods
(leafy green vegetables, asparagus, beets, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, nuts, seeds, avocado, citrus fruits, dry beans, grass-fed meat, fish, poultry, eggs)
@11:23 Castor Oil Packs - helps lymphatic system (over liver area, 2 hours at a time)
@12:45 Liver Cleanse - Liver cleanse she uses: Metabolic Clearing Kit by BioEnergetics
(link in description)
@13:36 Biohacks - Infrared Sauna, Red Light Therapy, Pulse EMF
@14:13 REACAP - 1) Eliminate Toxic Foods, 2) High Intensity Interval Training, 3) Keto Diet,
4) Eat Folate & B12 Foods, 5) Castor Oil Pack, 6) Liver Cleanse, Infrared Sauna

James Phillips
James Phillips
1 year ago

This article doesn’t really take into the underlying ideas of keto diet, yes if I keep my carb levels low and my fat level high my body has changed to better handle once and a while sugar intakes. Instead of my sugar staying above avg for hours once I eat 20 grams of carbs they come back down within an hour. Yet if I do the same off of keto diet it can stay high for days on end even without other carb intake.

Cody Wallace
Cody Wallace
1 year ago

Gotta looove the bullshit bias the vegan/veg/plant based community will use to try and obscure the facts. I will agree the meat/keto community has done the same thing. How about plant based news write an article using some actual science behind it vice a plant based cardiologists biased opinion. Yes there’s been plenty of research done on the benefits of a plant based diet, and yes even veganism and fruitarianism is healthy. There’s been a lot of new research going on about the benefits of keto, so you can’t simply dismiss it. As far as data and reports about the inuit and keto research done pre and post ww2, that data was incredibly falsified to the american government which is why the huge ramp of low fat advice came out. Long story short people have been lied to by the government and the health agencies that give out the so called “healthy” guidance. Dr. Graham in my limited knowledge was the only one who actually put out sound dietary advice based on actual human trials with data. 80-10-10 whether it be carb based or fat based is about the only ratio that works to keep humans healthy, look at the results people have posted about themselves.

Kenshin0011
Kenshin0011
1 year ago

“And what happens is when you’re eating more animal products, you get fat deposits in your muscle and your liver, causing insulin resistance, making it harder for the glucose to go from your blood into those places where it can be stored.”

This is literally not true. Not even official scientific textbooks spread this misinformation anymore. Dietary cholesterol does not contribute to fatty liver. Low carb diets have been PROVEN multiple times to LOWER fatty liver levels tremendously, as well as circulating triglycerides.

Laurie
Laurie
1 year ago
Reply to  Kenshin0011

Well said!!!

Kenshin0011
Kenshin0011
1 year ago

“Granted, he isn’t a specialist, but”

There really is no such thing as a specialist in what’s considered definitively good to eat. You may say or think nutritionist, right? While that may be their purported “specialty”, the field have proven themselves barely more legitimate than a chiropractor.

Laurie
Laurie
1 year ago
Reply to  Kenshin0011

Watch Dr Ken D Berry videos on YouTube. He’s a legitimate doctor who teaches Keto and Carnivore ALL based on science.

Eric
Eric
1 year ago

This study destroys the diabetic theory in this article.

https://www.insider.com/six-months-low-carb-diet-could-lead-to-diabetes-remission-2021-1

Eric
Eric
1 year ago

Tried to post a study and this site refuses to post it. What’s up with that plant based news?

David
David
1 year ago

Based on my experience, I would respectfully advise Dr. Ostfeld to devote more time/due diligence on the science, the studies, and talk to “users”. Since last April I have been on a super-clean keto plan combined with intermittent fasting (per Dr. Jason Fung’s recommendations) with results thatconsiderably exceeded my expectations. i lost 18 kgs, lowered my bp, improved my lipid profile, increased my energy levels, improved sleep, reduced inflammation, and sharpened my cognitive skills. frankly I was skeptical at the outset and now I am a firm believer based on how I look and how I feel. I’m 78 years old and feel 10 years younger which was certainly not the case 10 months ago. The emphasis is on “super clean keto” bcuz that’s what makes the difference to achieve measurable positive results such as mine. Each day, I eat organic raspberries and blackberries, organic kale, organic spinach, organic avocados, wild salmon, grass fed organic beef and chicken, organic pecans, walnuts, MCT oil, avocado oil, olive oil, organic eggs, butter from grass fed cows, etc. etc. I use daily a Keto-Mojo kit to track glucose and ketone levels. admittedly it is not easy and you must understand the science and you should read the studies and you need to test and track your progress. Many people do not and they fail or drop out or fall short of expectations. My own cardiologist couldn’t believe the results and has now become a believer after looking further into the science and talking to others like me who’ve done this… and he is now recommending it to his patients.Good luck to everybody out there and I wish you success in achieving your goals whatever they are

johnjacobjingleheimerschmidt
johnjacobjingleheimerschmidt
1 year ago

These commentaries that are hit jobs on keto diets are laughable. My teenage daughter could poke holes in this logic. He did not once mention leaky gut, metabolic syndrome, or inflammation. This tells me he knows cardiology, not nutrition.

Corey Booker
Corey Booker
1 year ago

This guy is full of crap. The Inuit are not the only ones. Both Native Americans and the indigenous peoples of Australia had similar diets more on the paleo side but very similar. They had no prior history of diabetes, heart disease or obesity. Look at them now with what has happened from having their cupboards filled with corn pops, pop tarts and so on. Most people’s cupboards are filled with nothing but processed foods containing ultra high carbs and sugar as well as machine oil falsley being marketed as fit for human consumption. For years the American Medical Association has pushed the idea of cutting fat out of your diet but that’s complete garbage. It’s the kind of fat that you eat that you should be cautious of. Most farm raised meat is ruined by being grain fed. It changes the ratio of omega 3 fatty acids and omega 6 fatty acids which causes it to stick to the insides of your arteries. When the ratio of omega 3’s are higher it actually cleans your arteries. That’s why fish oil is so good for you, it’s rich in omega 3’s. Grass fed beef, chicken and eggs are good. Medium chain triglycerides are good. The biggest problem is even if you know what’s good to eat, which most people don’t because of all the conflicting information, It’s it’s extremely hard to eat correctly with what you find in the grocery store, it’s mostly poison. Also the need to feed so many people makes it cost prohibitive to market healthy foods. If you cut out all the crap they put in food it would spoil before it ever reaches your table.

Laurie
Laurie
1 year ago
Reply to  Corey Booker

Bravo!! Well said!!!!

Vicky
Vicky
1 year ago

He is full of opinionated supportive arguments. All his logic consist of “I believe” and “I think”, clearly indicating his prejudice against keto diet. His statements are full of ambiguity, using words like “not necessarily” and comparing diet to drugs. However, what did we expect?! This “news” channel is dedicated to plant-based community, of course it will be full of supporting arguments, no matter how made up they sound. People who are in support of plant-based diet will find this article extremely logical, because it feeds into their opinion. ?????

Jessica
Jessica
1 year ago

Aside from the obvious bias and factual inaccuracies, this article has a lot of typos and is poorly written.

Darrell Sawczuk
Admin
6 months ago
Reply to  Jessica

Hi Jessica,

Thank you for your comment,

There is no bias, we are reporting on comments made by a cardiologist.

Clark
Clark
1 year ago

As usual big money drives this kind of an article and the wording really twists the facts. I am a 60 year old firefighter living and studying the Keto Lifestyle for many years. Funny our grandparents cherished an apple or an orange in their stocking at Christmas because fruit was a luxury. Instead they ate bacon and eggs every morning for breakfast. Oh and by the way heart disease and diabetes was rare back then. Instead today we are taught a strawberry the size of an apple full of sugary sweetness is normal and should be eaten in abundance daily. Our grandparents were not the victims of grain fields that covered huge areas of the earth harvested with tractors they boast can do the work of a thousand men. For our grandparents planting, harvesting and grinding grain was back breaking work. They did not have the luxury of gorging themselves with carbs. They did not enjoy the simplicity of buying packaged food that is 90% of the time wheat, corn or sugar. Instead they raised livestock for a main source of food and not as a hobby. Our grandparents called diabetes more appropriately as “sugar diabetes”. Ever since the food industry took control of the governmental dietary guidelines back in the 70’s obesity and diabetes has skyrocketed. What is this false claim eating Keto does not allow consumption of whole foods? Interesting, on Keto you consume nothing but “whole foods” rich in energy dense food like fresh green spinach. Siince going Keto I rarely open food or drink that comes in a package. Kraft Macaroni and Cheese Company and Pepsi Coke a Cola Company and other sugar, corn, and grain affiliates will continue to push the anti keto agenda like they have for decades because they have a lot to lose because when you go keto you only eat whole foods like our grandparents ate. The Sugar and Grain industries control the “nutrition conversation”. Take my advice, study the many health benefits of Keto and eat food like your grandparents used to eat. Our bodies were designed for a Keto LifeStyle. Those living the Keto Lifestye have the best metabolic health, feel great and can run or ride a bike farther faster than those stuck eating high carbs for fuel instead of becoming fat adapted like our bodies were originally designed. The Keto Lifestyle is the most nutrient dense lifestyle on the planet. Try this experiment, every time you stuff something in your mouth ask yourself “did my grandparents eat this?” You will be surprised how much the wheat, corn and sugar industry has so much control of your life. If a person really cares about the obesity epidemic and losing weight the most important word you will ever study is “lipolysis”. Learn what it is and what prevents it. Wish I could say more!

Laurie
Laurie
1 year ago

I’d love to see this doctor have a conversation about Keto and Carnivore with Dr Ken D Berry, MD on YouTube who educates with science ALL about Keto and Carnivore! He can easily get a hold of him and learn the true science! Dr Berry bases everything on Science.

N RA
N RA
1 year ago

I completely disagree with this article. My type I diabetes son has a normal A1C and excellent lipid profile on a low carb diet, which is somewhat ketogenic to avoid excess protein intake, which would promote gluconeogenesis.

Ki
Ki
1 year ago

*Laughs in my 100 lb weight loss.*
*Laughs in my now symptom-less disease.*

tash
tash
1 year ago

Vegan keto is an actual thing though. I myself get my daily fats with avocados, olives and macadamia nuts. I love raspberries, blackberries and blueberries which are all low carb.

Mike Quinn
Mike Quinn
1 year ago

I have been on “Keto” for more than 2 years. Although I was already relatively healthy and fit I still have lost 30 pounds, my mild hypertension is gone and at 58 I feel great. My cholesterol levels are also excellent. Oh, and I’ve never suffered the “Keto flu”.
I, like allot of readers, find this article laughable. Shocking that such a young cardiologist is so misinformed and clearly ignorant of the facts.

EL
EL
1 year ago

This article is a complete lie. Every other sentence is a blatant LIE. Whoever reads this – you have been warned. While a keto diet isn’t 100% natural in my opinion, I did it for an entire year and it cleared out any chronic symptoms I had (psoriasis and heartburn) and lost 15kg. The author of this article should be ashamed of themselves. Obviously they’re trying to mislead people on purpose.. To which I say: get a vasectomy please.

M Hempstead
M Hempstead
1 year ago

I saw two close relatives die last year from complications of diabetes. I now have two more diabetic relatives who are on dialysis. My doctor was unable to give me needed surgery because my Hba1c was 8.5 rather than below 7.0. I went on keto last summer. Three months later my numbers had dropped to 6.1. My primary care (fresh out of medical schoo) is happy as a lark! I’ve also lost 25 lbs. I am more energetic, my limbs are looser for my yoga practice, my complexion has improved, I’ve discontinued Metformin, Nexium, and Atorvastatin, and my sense of well-being has improved. I told my doctor that, finally, I stopped letting vegetables spoil in the refrigerator! What’s unhealthy about that? Insured through United Health? Diabetic for no longer than 2 years? The insurance will enroll you, if you ask, into a new program which focuses on an improved diet. Insurance companies are about making money and saving money. Maybe they will force the badly needed changes in medicine. My ailing relatives were not unsophisticated people, they were only taken down the wrong path by modern practicioners of medicine whom they trusted.

Bill Rogers
Bill Rogers
1 year ago

This dr must be a special kind of stupid. Foes he realize that millions of people have had success on a keto diet. The problem is all these people trying to introduce carbs in a keto diet. They want to forget about the ratio of fat to carbs and protein, without that ratio, its just simply not a keto diet.
For every dr against it , there are 50 f iui r it

Amanda Vab
Amanda Vab
1 year ago

Thx

kate
kate
1 year ago

So, I found this article on cardiologyBUSINESS.com and then this quote rings in my ear ever since: “foooooooolllllooooowwwww the MONEYYYYYYYY” LOL

Gene
Gene
1 month ago

Dr. Buffonery, please check your research. It appears you like to keep your customers (yep i believe you are a drug pusher) on the meds. Please lift the sack off your head and check your research. I think for me and millions more, as we are educated, guys like this that practice medicine, hate us as we become more informed and other DR’s help unlock the BS we have been fed.

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