Both the anti-inflammatory diet and the keto diet have become popular today because people are looking for better health. But “better health” can mean a lot of different things. For a while now, we’ve known that excess weight can contribute to disease and chronic illness. More recent research shows that inflammation, too, can be a major contributor to chronic diseases, and can even speed the course of aging. Conflicting dieting advice leaves health-conscious consumers confused about how to eat. This article explains these two diets so you can make a choice that suits your needs.
To reduce inflammation, avoid eating highly processed, greasy, or sweet foods. Instead, choose a variety of fruits and vegetables of many colors, whole grains, plant proteins, nuts, fish, spices like turmeric, and fresh herbs.
On the Keto diet, you eliminate most carbohydrates. In the absence of blood sugars, your body has to scramble to energy. Instead of getting energy from sugar floating around in your bloodstream, your body goes to the reserves: fat tissues that store up excess energy. When your body switches over to this energy source, that’s called, “ketosis.” In order to switch ketosis “on,” your can aim for a diet that is high in calories from fat, moderate in calories from protein, and very low in carbs. People like keto because it can contribute to rapid fat-burning and weight loss.
So, are these two diets compatible?
Some of the items recommended in an anti-inflammatory diet, like fruits and some starchy vegetables, can be high in carbohydrates, would make it harder to get into ketosis and could throw you out of ketosis.
Likewise, keto’s emphasis on fats and proteins makes it harder to eat a wide variety of fruits and veggies in large quantities.
Keto is an ideal diet for people who need to lose weight and is especially helpful for people who want to lose weight quickly. The focus on ketosis is not the only route to health, but the insight that a high-carbohydrate diet is not good for you applies pretty broadly and may help reduce the incidence of diabetes. That’s because hi-carb diets put a lot of stress on the pancreas to produce a lot of insulin. That’s actually a source of inflammation and aging, in itself.
Anti-inflammatory diets are especially important to people who know they are suffering from inflammation, and it’s also valuable for people who want to prevent premature aging. There’s more emphasis on variety than on calorie sources.
The key takeaway is that the keto diet can also be modified to offer anti-inflammatory results. It’s definitely possible to stay in ketosis and make even smarter choices about your food choices if weigh loss is your primary goal and reducing inflammation is secondary. The anti-inflammatory diet is more specifically designed to focus on foods that are known for combating inflammation in the body, recommending that you stay away from foods that are going to wreak havoc on your system, and it’s tailor-made for people whose primary focus is reduced inflammation.