What About Caffeine?

Regarding caffeine and the ketogenic diet: Some say caffeine in tea and coffee during the ketogenic diet is OK. Others say it is an absolute no-go because it impairs the impact of the ketones. Studies don’t reveal any evidence in either direction. If you want to be sure that your diet is effective, don’t cut corners and take any chances on anything, including the topic of caffeine. The strictest diets exclude coffee.

The candida diet, which is very similar to the ketogenic diet excludes coffee and caffeinated tea because of the effects it has on the adrenals. The caffeine causes the adrenals to pump out adrenaline, which causes a temporary feeling of alertness. This strain on the adrenals, the heart and nervous system is said to be detrimental to your health. If you are on the ketogenic diet to lose weight and improve your health, your best bet is to cut out caffeine and enjoy herbal tea and decaf coffee.

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Another aspect of this controversy is the part insulin resistance plays. Insulin resistance is lowered on the ketogenic diet because ketones improve insulin sensitivity, thus making it possible for cells to more easily absorb glucose. It is thought that caffeine interferes with this process and thus disrupts the diet. It is your choice, but it’s another reason to avoid caffeine when on the ketogenic diet.

Sweeteners and the ketogenic diet: Artificial sweeteners such as xylitol, Splenda and the like should be avoided particularly in powder form as they are cut with corn byproducts. They also contain carbs. The best alternative sweetener is stevia, which is a plant that is naturally sweet and devoid of carbs. Find it in liquid form and add it to your tea, full-fat Greek yoghurt and ketogenic-approved desserts. (Some recipes included in this book). To sum it up: liquid stevia is the best choice for a sweetener, don’t bother with the others as there is typically some carbohydrate-related drawback to consider. You can buy liquid stevia online, at health food shops and even some standard supermarkets.

In this chapter you’ll find over 30 ketogenic approved recipes. You’ll find delicious recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and even desserts. The recipes you’re about to discover make it simple to start your new diet off right. You get to try some new and delicious meals that can help to completely renew and rejuvenate your body, protect your brain and nervous system, and lose plenty of unwanted weight!

Have fun trying out these recipes and getting on the road to better health fast.

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