This post was originally published on December 18, 2018 and updated on March 12, 2020.
It’s one of the hottest diets around, but unless you’re paying close attention, you might think keto is a junk-food diet where you simply cut carbs and load up on bacon. Oregon viewers of ABC’s AM Northwest learned that’s not exactly true: Keto is all about eating the right, healthier-for-you fats. Because, counter to what you may have been taught, “fat doesn’t make us fat,” nutrition expert Jonny Bowden, CNS, PhD explained. Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil made the top of Bowden’s fat list because it’s easy to cook with, nutritious and its production doesn’t harm wildlife habitats.
Bowden gave a very simple definition of the keto diet: “It’s a way to get your body to stop burning sugar and start burning fat. You do that by changing the proportion of fuel that you eat.” Instead of eating so much sugar, you start eating more fat. When there’s no glucose around, your body must switch fuel sources and begin burning fat calories.
Bowden shared two take-homes about going keto: It’s important to eat the right kinds of fats and get the right amount of fiber. Junky fats, such as corn and vegetable oils, may technically be OK on the keto diet, but they will wreck your health in other ways. For one thing: They are highly inflammatory.
Instead, try fats such as grass-fed butter, ghee, olive oil and, Bowden’s favorite, Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil. When talking about palm oil, Bowden proclaimed his love for animals, which is one of the reasons he always buys Malaysian palm oil. “Some countries where they process palm oil, they do hurt animal habitats. Malaysia does not.”
Bowden also praised Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil because it stands up to high heat and is loaded with vitamins. “It’s red because it has nutrients like tocotrienols, which are actually sold as a supplement,” he explained. Vitamin E tocotrienols support brain, bone and liver health.
Bowden acknowledged that sticking to a strict diet can be hard: “The less we follow a diet the better. Instead, learn to put the good foods into your regular rotation.” Focus less on keeping track of each calorie you eat. “If you eat foods that you can hunt, gather, fish and pluck, you’ll be OK,” he said.
Maybe you’ve thought about trying the keto diet, but you’ve heard that when you stop eating carbs you only lose water weight. The Nutrition Myth Buster explained that studies show that’s not true. High-carb diets leave you bloated, so in the first week you might have water weight to lose. “I know people who’ve lost 200 pounds on keto, and it’s not water weight!”
If you’re intrigued by the keto diet, it’s OK to start with small changes. Add a bottle of Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil to your pantry and into your diet.
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