Keto Food Questions

Why can’t I quit chocolate?

Here’s the reason why! Chocolate contains ingredients that give you a pleasure sensation. It has over 380 chemicals; of these, 3 mainly create the pleasure you experience when you consume it.

The first one is phenylalanine, which is one of the building blocks for dopamine, a mood enhancer. It also creates endorphins, chemical compounds that produce a state of euphoria. Phenylalanine can increase noradrenaline, a neurotransmitter that helps you to feel awake.

The next is theobromine, which has a similar chemistry to caffeine. Theobromine is a stimulant that increases mental clarity, is a diuretic and a vasodilator. The problem is that if you have liver damage, or perhaps a fatty liver or cirrhosis, your body can’t clear theobromine (or caffeine, for that matter) as quickly as it needs to. If you eat chocolate late in the day, it may disrupt your sleep because the stimulant stays in your body.

The third is tryptophan, which is an amino acid that is a precursor to serotonin, a neurotransmitter that produces a state of well being. It helps you feel calm, reduces stress and lowers your anxiety. If you’re depressed, it will help elevate your mood. This is why people consume chocolate when they feel down.

There are a lot of nutrients in chocolate that are good for you, and as long as you’re not doing too much of it, you’ll be fine. Just don’t consume it too late in the day!

Of course, never consume chocolate that’s full of sugar. Get sugar-free chocolate, but make sure the alternative sweeteners are erythritol, stevia, monk fruit and the like. They’re low on the glycemic index.

Go ahead and indulge in some healthy chocolate!

Are there digestive side effects on keto?

Sometimes you may have digestive problems while on keto, because your body isn’t used to the quantities of vegetables and fats you are consuming.

Some people ask why stomach problems can happen on the keto diet and what to do about them; for example, digestive problems like bloating, gas and nausea.

Solving digestive issues on the keto diet is simple.

Let’s start with sugar alcohols. When you’re doing keto you’re not consuming sugar anymore. There are sugar substitutes that don’t spike insulin. They’re low on the glycemic index. But they can have unwanted effects on some people. Erythritol is one that can cause diarrhea. Xylitol can also disrupt your stomach if you take too much. The same with mannitol, maltitol – and the list goes on.

Most often, people report their stomach problems began with sugar alcohol. Their best course is to reduce or cut it out completely.

The next most frequent side effect could come from fiber. Healthy Keto® includes a large quantity of vegetables but for some people, 7 to 10 cups is too much. It’s a big change. They don’t have the microbes to digest that much fiber. If you’re one of those people, start with
a smaller amount and ease up to more. If you have trouble with a certain vegetable, kale or broccoli for example, then try fermented vegetables like fermented cabbage or pickles.

Certain keto-friendly bars or other products have corn fiber, which could be GMO. There’s a substance called inulin that can cause digestive issues.

Bottom line: if you have digestive issues, just consume whole foods and skip the additional products. Especially avoid the synthetic sugar dextrose, or maltodextrin.

MCT oil can give a laxative effect if you consume too much.

When you first start keto, avoid adding too many items that you aren’t used to consuming. Add one at a time; that way, if there’s a problem you’ll know what’s causing it.

A common problem is adding way too much and too many different kinds of fats when your system isn’t used to them. Taking purified bile salts is a good idea. Dr. Berg’s Gallbladder Formula contains those as well as betaine hydrochloride.

Apple cider vinegar is also important for digestion.

If you’re not doing intermittent fasting with keto, that’s a mistake. Fiber especially can be a problem if you’re eating frequently. Give your digestion a chance to recover by fasting.

Too many nuts, too much peanut butter, or too much almond flour can cause digestive issues as well. Go easy on them at first. Likewise with cheese.

Can MCT oil cause weight gain?

MCT oil weight gain is not common but you may struggle to lose weight if you hit a plateau. If you have reached a weight-loss plateau you may not want to take a lot of MCT oil because your body will use it as fuel rather than your body fat.

Last updated: Apr 02, 2023 18:49 PM