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Keto Diet Dangers~ You Should Know The Risks

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keto rash Keto flu, keto breath, keto crotch… What’s next? Unfortunately, new side effects of the keto diet continue to emerge. People are now breaking out in full-body, painful rashes after going on the extremely low-carb diet. And perhaps the worst part is that this “keto rash” can leave brown marks on the surface of the skin that stick around for life.

One of the most popular diet trends of this decade, the idea behind the keto diet is that restricting carb intake to an extremely low number while eating large amounts of fats will trick the body into entering ketosis, a state in which the body burns fats for fuel. Ketosis is difficult to maintain, but once it is achieved, the body can react in strange (and in this case painful) ways.

If you search “keto rash” on Reddit, you’ll find dozens of dieters begging for help with the condition, sharing anecdotes of excruciating itching and discomfort. The rash tends to start near the chest and spread, reaching every part of the body, including the scalp.

“I noticed a rash across my left boob within 3 days,” one Reddit user recalled. “By day 14 (Saturday), my rash was up and down both of my boobs, in my cleavage, along my bra line in the back and all over my neck, into my hairline. It was PAINFUL, burning, itching. I was insanely irritable. It looked horrific.”

One Reddit user, ketoko, said they had been wearing gloves to bed to prevent from scratching throughout the night. “I’m starting to develop scabs and blisters and it just hurts really bad,” ketoko said in a post.

Even once the rash subsided, some found that the marks stuck around for good.

“I spent years trying to overcome insecurities. I decided to try keto to finally change for the better,” user donut-peach said, “but now I have a totally different problem that prevents me from showing my skin … it was spreading too rapidly and left behind discoloration. I now am off keto and have hideous marks all over my chest, shoulders, neck, and back.”

The condition is called prurigo pigmentosa. Existing scientific literature shows a link between ketosis and the rash, though studies show other intervening factors (such as sunlight, extreme heat, allergens and sweating) may worsen the condition. Going on the keto diet is not the only way humans can enter ketosis. Conditions such as diabetes mellitus and anorexia nervosa can also lead to this state, as well as fasting and dieting.

A 2018 case study showed that prurigo pigmentosa can only really be treated by eating a lot more carbs — i.e., quitting keto. Other options, such as topical creams and anti-inflammatory drugs, may temporarily relieve symptoms — but if you don’t quit the diet, the rash is likely to return in full force once you stop using them. “There is no dietary treatment option to successfully treat the rash without sacrificing ketosis,” the study reads. And once the rash disappears, there is no known method of getting rid of the dark brown spots prurigo pigmentosa leaves behind.

Not everyone on the keto diet experiences this symptom. But you should know if there are serious risks to a diet before you try it.

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Foods To Not Use For A Keto Diet

1. Quinoa

It might be hard to believe that quinoa is not recommended but its effects will not help you when it comes to the keto diet.

While this is the type of quality protein you need in your diet, it also comes with 17 grams of carbs in each half a cup of quinoa.

The carbs are also the main reason why you should avoid this food when you follow a keto diet.Report this ad

2. Apples

Apples have plenty of benefits for a regular diet focused on balanced meals and healthy eating.

But similar to quinoa, they will increase your carb intake with 20 grams of sugar for each medium size apple you eat.Report this ad

So, no matter how much you like these fruits or how many good things you’ve heard about them, they are not something to eat while on keto.

3. Black Beans

Black beans, like other legumes, are very good for your digestive system.Report this ad

They contain a good amount of fiber that has a healthy impact on your body.

However, along with this fiber, you also ingest 12 grams of carbs for only half a cup of black beans.

Needless to say that you should avoid them altogether on keto.

4. Dark Chocolate

When you are trying to lose weight but still want to indulge in your chocolate every now and then, dark chocolate seems to be the best compromise, right? Wrong!

Only one ounce of dark chocolate contains 10 grams of carbs.

Considering that your carb intake on keto should be between 20 grams and 50 grams, you might have to forget about eating dark chocolate for a while.

5. Sweet Potatoes

Yes, you most likely know that potatoes are a big no-no in most diets due to their increased level of carbs.

But the fact is sweet potatoes are not much better.

No matter how you cook them, mashed, fried or even baked, they will add not fewer than 23 grams of carbs to your diet for a medium-sized sweet potato.Report this ad

6. Yogurt

Let’s say you want to eat a small 8-ounce yogurt cup and you are also on a keto diet.

The bad news is that just this amount of yogurt will have around 10 grams of carbs.Report this ad

And that is if you go for yogurt with no added sugar.

However, the good news is that if you simply can’t fight your yogurt cravings, you can go for a full-fat greek yogurt and stick with just half a cup.

This shouldn’t add more than 4 grams of carbs to your meal and you should be able to work with that.

7. Oranges

Yes, oranges! They are not as compatible with the keto diet as you might assume.

The main reason would be the increased amount of sugar that these delicious fruits have.

One small orange has around 13 grams of carbs which could easily knock you out of ketosis!

8. Acorn Squash

If acorn squash is one of your favorite treats, you might want to replace it fast because it doesn’t go well with the keto diet.

In spite of the fact that this snack contains 9 grams of healthy fiber, it can also contains 20 grams of carbs.

And that is just for one cup of baked cubes of acorn squash.

If you love acorn squash that much, consider the fact that you will not be able to eat more than a cup of it and that is all the carbs you should be getting for an entire day.

9. Chickpeas

If you love snacking on chickpeas including roasted chickpeas, boiled chickpeas or hummus, you will not be very happy to find out that they are not the best food for the keto diet.

The worst way to eat chickpeas is roasted because they will have 13 grams of carbs.

But if you prefer two tablespoons of hummus every now and then, that will only contain 3 grams of carbs, which is a lot better.Report this ad

But you have to make sure that you are not eating more just because it is so tasty and you can dip all your veggies in them.

10. Brown Rice

For some people, life without rice is hard to conceive.

But if you are following a keto diet, you should start learning to avoid rice altogether, including brown rice.Report this ad

Only half a cup of brown rice has around 24 grams of carbs and most likely once you start eating, you will not stop at half a cup of this delicious side dish.

As many recipes as you can make with brown rice, it is wiser to let this type of food out of your daily diet while on keto!

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Categories: Keto Stuff


Keto Cinnamon Donut Bites


• Donuts:

• 1/2 cup coconut oil (for frying)

• 1/2 cup almond flour

• 1/3 cup Lakanto monkfruit sweetener

• 1/2 tablespoon baking powder

• 1/4 teaspoon Pink Himalayan sea salt

• 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

• 4 tablespoons butter, melted

• 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

• 1 egg, beaten

• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

• Topping:

• 1/4 cup Lakanto monkfruit sweetener

• 1 teaspoon cinnamon


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Grease baking sheet with oil of your choice (I like coconut oil).

3. In a large bowl, mix together almond flour, monkfruit, baking powder, salt and cinnamon until well combined.

4. Add melted butter and mix until crumbly (about 10 seconds). Let it sit for a few minutes to cool down the butter. 

5. In a small bowl, beat together egg, vanilla, and heavy whipping cream.  

6. Add egg mixture to almond flour mixture, and mix well.

7. Dough will be sticky. Refrigerate for about an hour to help this. 

8. Roll dough into 1 inch round balls and place on a prepared baking sheet. 

9. Baking for 12-15 minutes. 

10. Meanwhile, mix together ingredients for topping and set aside. 

11. Let donut holes sit on the baking sheet for a few minutes before placing them in the oil.

12. Heat coconut oil over MEDIUM heat and place cooked donut holes in the oil. Fry 5 SECONDS per side and remove promptly (see notes above).

13. Sprinkle with topping.  

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14. Serve warm or cold. 

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Categories: Keto Stuff


Green Goodness Wake up Smoothie

Green Goodness Wake-Up

Green Goodness Wake-Up

Prep Time
5 min Cook Time
N/A Yield

Try this delicious, protein-packed smoothie from Cathe Friedrich!


  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/3 cup Eggland’s Best 100% Liquid Egg Whites
  • 1.5 cups of baby spinach 
  • 1.5 cups of baby romaine
  • 1/2 ripe medium banana
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 1 tbsp black Chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • A handful of ice cubes


Serving Size1 serving Calories324 Fat10 g   Saturated Fat5 g Cholesterol0 mg Sodium359 mg Carbohydrates46 g Dietary Fiber7 g Protein16 g Preparation

Combine all ingredients in a blender in whichever order you choose.

Then blend until smooth.

Pour into a glass and enjoy! 

 *depending on the power of your blender you may choose to add the ice once food ingredients are partially blended Filed Under: Main Course

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Healing Breakfast Soup

Healing Breakfast Soup

Healing Breakfast Soup

Prep Time
2 min Cook Time
6 min Yield
1 serving Recipe by: Physical Kitchness

This bowl of soup is backed with vitamins, minerals, and anti-inflammatory spices!


  • 1 cup chicken bone broth
  •  2 teaspoons full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Dash of cayenne *optional
  • 2 Eggland’s Best eggs (large)


Serving Size1 Calories178 Fat8.5 g   Saturated Fat2.5 g Cholesterol351 mg Sodium512 mg Carbohydrates2 g Protein22 g Preparation

Heat broth, coconut milk, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and cayenne over medium-high heat until you reach a simmer.

Whisk well to incorporate all the spices. Turn heat to low as you make the soft boiled eggs

Fill a small pot with water and bring to a boil. Gently submerge two eggs into the boiling water for 5 minutes for extra runny yolks, 6 minutes for slightly gummier yolks.

*note, adding a dash of baking soda to the water will help the eggs peel easier

Remove the eggs from the boiling water and submerge into cold water. Gently peel each egg, then cut in half and place into the soup, yolk side up

Garnish with fresh chives if desired Filed Under: Breakfast and Brunch, Main Course, Low Fat, Gluten Free, Paleo, Whole 30

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Keto ~Side Effects

11 Common Keto Diet Side Effects to Be Aware of Before You Go Low Carb

Experts break down the strange side effects of ketosis, including the keto flu, constipation, and bad breath.

By  Apr 15, 2019



This article was medically reviewed by Rachel Lustgarten, RD, CDN, a clinical dietitian and member of the Prevention Medical Review Board, on April 19, 2019.

The keto diet has blown up as an ultra-low carb eating plan that can help you drop pounds fast—but its effects on your body go beyond weight loss.

A typical keto diet is comprised of 80 percent fat, 15 percent protein, and a mere 5 percent of calories from carbohydrates. If you consume 2,000 calories a day, that means just 100 of them are coming from carbs—including healthy carbs like fruits and vegetables. When you eat this way, it triggers ketosis, which means your body has burned through all its carbs and needs to begin burning fat for energy.

It’s true: Following a strict high-fat, low-carb regimen can help move the number on the scale, but there might be some other keto diet side effects that you aren’t aware of. Some of them are positives, but a few could be unpleasant—or even dangerous. Here’s what you should know about keto diet dangers before you decide to try it for yourself.
ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOWYou might get hit with the “keto flu.”

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Keto flu is a real thing. Cutting your carbs to the bone and going into a state of ketosis (where your body burns fat for energy) can bring on a cluster of uncomfortable symptoms, such as headaches, fatigue, muscle aches, nausea, and diarrhea. The side effects are the result of your body transitioning to using fat as its primary source of energy instead of carbs, explains Kristen Mancinelli, MS, RDN, author of The Ketogenic Diet. Once it adapts to the new fuel source (usually within a week or two), you’ll start to feel better.ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOWInitial weight loss could come back.



The keto diet is notorious for delivering a quick initial slim down. That’s because carbs hold on to more water than protein or fat, says Becky Kerkenbush, RD, a clinical dietitian at Watertown Regional Medical Center. So when you stop eating them, all that extra H2O gets released through urination. As a result, the scale might read a few pounds lower, and you may look a bit leaner.

That first drop might be mostly water weight. But research suggests that the keto diet is good for fat loss, too. An Italian study of nearly 20,000 obese adults found that participants who ate keto lost around 12 pounds in 25 days. However, there aren’t many studies looking at whether the pounds will stay off long-term, researchers note. Most people find it tough to stick with such a strict eating plan, and if you veer off your diet, the pounds can easily pile back on.ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOWConstipation could be just around the corner.

keto diet can cause constipation and kidney stones


Constipation is a common side effect of low-carb eating plans, including the ketogenic diet. Severely curbing your carb intake means saying goodbye to high-fiber foods like whole grains, beans, and a large proportion of fruits and vegetables, says Ginger Hultin, MS, RDN, Seattle-based nutritionist and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Combine that with the fact that your body is excreting more water, and you have a potential recipe for clogged pipes. You can keep things moving by getting some fiber from keto-friendly foods like avocado, nuts, and limited portions of non-starchy vegetables and berries, says David Nico, PhD, author of Diet Diagnosis. Upping your water intake helps, too.ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOWThere’s also a side effect called “keto breath.”

Forcing her way to a bright smile


When your body goes into ketosis, it will start to produce by-products called ketones. This includes acetone—yes, the same chemical found in nail polish remover, which your body actually naturally makes on its own, according to a 2015 review of research. Because acetone is a smaller molecule, it tends to make its way into your lungs. You’ll eventually exhale them out, resulting in “keto breath.” Your mouth might also have a metallic taste, but it won’t last forever as you adjust to the diet. Just be diligent about brushing your teeth!ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOWYou’ll probably be thirsty all the time.

drinking water


Don’t be surprised if you find yourself parched while you’re on the keto diet. Excreting all that extra water will likely cause a spike in thirst—so make it a point to drink up, Mancinelli advises. There’s no hard and fast recommendation for how much water you should be having on a keto diet. But in general, aim to drink enough so your urine is clear or pale yellow. If it’s any darker, bump your intake.
ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW…but your appetite won’t be as ravenous.

Rocket pear and walnut salad.


Weight loss often means feeling hungrier and fighting off more cravings, but that doesn’t always seem to be the case when you go keto. People report less hunger and a diminished desire to eat after adopting a ketogenic diet, according to an analysis of 26 studies. Experts don’t fully understand why, but it’s thought that very low carb diets could suppress the production of hunger hormones like ghrelin.ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOWAnd your skin might clear up!

Focused beautiful young woman looking at herself in the bathroom mirror


Plagued by pimples? You may start to notice a difference in your skin on the keto diet, especially if you were a former sugar addict. Consuming lots of empty carbs is linked to worse acne—in part because these foods trigger inflammation and signal the release of hormones that up the production of pore-clogging oils, according to a review published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Some findings suggest that curbing your carb intake could help solve these problems, improving your skin as a result.ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOWPlus, many say they feel less brain fog.



It’s no secret that carbs—especially refined ones like sugary cereals, white bread and pasta, or sweet drinks—cause your blood sugar to spike and dip. So it makes sense that eating less of them can help keep things nice and even. For healthy people, this can translate to more steady energy, less brain fog, and fewer sugary cravings, Mancinelli explains.
ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOWYour A1C levels could even improve.

Fat storage and diabetes risk decreases


If you have diabetes, better blood sugar control could help lower your A1C levels—the measurement of glucose in our blood—and even reduce the need for insulin, according to a scholarly review of ketogenic diets. (Just don’t go off your meds without speaking to your doctor first!)

The one important caveat: Eating keto also ups the risk for diabetic ketoacidosis, a life-threatening condition where fat gets broken down too fast and causes the blood to become acidic. It’s much more common in people with type 1 diabetes, but if you have type two and are eating keto, talk with your doctor about what you should be doing to diminish your risk.ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOWBuuut your kidneys might get stressed.

grilled beef steaks


The kidneys play an important role in metabolizing protein, and it’s possible that eating too much of the nutrient can have a negative impact on kidney function. While ketogenic diets are supposed to be much higher in fat than they are in protein, many keto eaters make the mistake of loading up on lots of meat, Mancinelli says. The result? You could end up eating way more protein than you actually need.

Here’s the tricky part: There’s no definite answer for how much protein you’d have to eat before you run into trouble. “It really depends on how much protein a person is consuming versus how much they need, as well as the health of their kidneys at baseline,” Hultin says. That’s why it can be helpful to speak with a nutritionist or doctor who can help you tailor your diet before going keto.ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOWAnd your heart disease risk factors could change.

Heart health concept


Eating an ultra-low carb diet is linked to a lower rate of obesity and type 2 diabetes, along with improved HDL cholesterol, all of which can translate to a lower risk for heart disease.

But your heart health might depend on what you actually eat. Research published in the New England Journal of Medicinesuggests that low-carb diets based mostly on plant sources of fat and protein (like avocados or nuts) can lower heart disease risk by 30 percent. But those benefits didn’t hold for people who ate mostly animal-based proteins and fats. (Think: bacon, butter, and steak.)

Plus, the American Heart Association says that going overboard on saturated fat—which can be easy to do on a keto diet if you eat a lot of meat, butter, and cheese—can up your risk for heart problems. While you’re on the keto diet, you should have your cholesterol levels and heart health assessed by a doctor on a regular basis, Hultin says.The bottom line?

Eating a keto diet can have some short-term health perks. But in the long run, it also has the potential to create some serious health problems. That’s why many experts say you shouldn’t attempt it on your own. “In general, if a person follows a ketogenic diet, they should only do so for a brief time and under close medical supervision,” says Hultin.

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