Every month, more information floods our brains and we have to question, what is the research-based information worthy to pursue? K-State’s Karen Blakeslee had this to say.

“With the new year under way, so are many types of diets to kick the year off in a healthy way. One of those diets is the ketogenic, or keto, diet. But is it a safe diet to use? The keto diet is a high fat, moderate protein and low carbohydrate diet. It has been a treatment for those with epilepsy since the 1920s as it can help reduce seizures. Today, anti-seizure medications are more commonly used. The diet does not allow fruits, some vegetables, grains, potatoes, sweets or other high carbohydrate foods. The main purpose of the diet is to create ketones to get fuel into your cells instead of glucose. Excess ketone production results in ketosis. While the keto diet may help you lose weight, it is a difficult diet to stick with in the long run. You miss out on beneficial nutrients from fruits, vegetables and grains. Once ketosis sets in, a rapid loss of “water weight” occurs which is not successful weight loss. And, in the long run, this type of diet can lead to eating disorders.”

The website www.foodinsight.org stated, “It’s time we stop adhering to these rigorous rules of diets and begin to develop our  intuitive eating skills so we can respect our body and all it does for us, not just judge it for its size.”

The Rapid Response Center at KSU is a sound resource to see the trending topics in our state and nation. Visit www.rrc.ksu.edu for more information on up and coming issues.

At this point, nearly 80 percent of goals which were proclaimed on Jan. 1 have failed. This does not mean you must throw your hands up and give up. Believe it or not, even after February concludes, there are still 10 months in the 2018 year. Seek solid information on how to live a healthy life physically, mentally and financially at your local K-State Extension website, www.leavenworth.ksu.edu 

Stop by the K-State Research and Extension – Leavenworth County office at 613 Holiday Plaza in Lansing, give us a call at 913-364-5700 or email Chelsi Myer at chelsim@ksu.edu for more information on this topic or others.

Chelsi Myer is a family and consumer sciences agent for K-State Research and Extension – Leavenworth County.