Keto Or Mediterranean Diet? Extra Virgin Olive Oil Is A Vital Part Of Both

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil In Keto Diet
Extra Virgin Olive Oil In Keto Diet

The Best Olive Oil Is Your Top Keto Kitchen Workhorse

Whether you have already tried the Keto diet or are considering it for the first time today, it’s well worth doing your research first and stocking up your kitchen with the best ingredients you can find.

A Keto diet is a very low-carb, high-fat diet.  By replacing carbohydrates with fat, your body enters a state called ketosis.  Ketosis burns fat and produces ketones, which can be used for fuel.  As well as helping you to lose weight, ketosis can make you feel less hungry and help you keep muscle.

According to The Olive Oil Times, the ketogenic diet has been surging in popularity in recent years and is associated with many health benefits including weight loss and mitigating the effects of Type 2 diabetes.

Inclusion of healthy fats is essential when following a Keto diet and there is no better choice than a high-quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil like Morocco Gold.

Extra virgin olive oil is high in monosaturated fats which are an important part of your diet and fits well within the keto diet.

Morocco Gold is a superior quality, single estate extra virgin olive oil from olives grown in the foothills of the Atlas mountainsWhen you purchase Morocco Gold extra virgin olive oil, you are guaranteed a wonderful tasting, health enhancing culinary experience.

Our latest and freshest harvest is now available for purchase, bursting with its unique taste from our wonderful Moroccan source.    

Not All Fats Are Equal: Why choose Extra Virgin Olive Oil For Ketosis?

Morocco Gold For Keto Diet
Morocco Gold For Keto Diet

Although adherence to the Keto diet is largely all about the fat, it’s important to note that you should avoid excessive amounts of unhealthy fats too.

According to Kendra Whitemire, a nutritionist and dietician with Sunshine Nutrition and Wellness in Laguna Beach, California: “Many people boil it down too simply and think they just need to eat a lot of fat and avoid carbs, but you can quickly eat an excessive amount of unhealthy fat on the keto diet.”

We already know that extra virgin olive oil comes with its own impressive list of health benefits. In addition to providing essential antioxidants, serving as an anti-bacterial, preventing gallstones and serving your skin, extra virgin olive oil is also high in monounsaturated fats. These fats are an important part of your diet and rightly fits well within the keto diet.

While there are several types of the keto diet, including cyclical and targeted, the standard diet breaks down your food intake into about 75% fat, 20% protein and just 5% of your diet for carbohydrates. Variations flex those numbers slightly but still are founded on high fat and protein with low carbohydrates. While a keto diet isn’t right for everyone, it does come with great health benefits like weight loss and helping diabetes. It has also been linked to reducing symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, improving acne, improve risk factors for heart disease and even reduce the effects of epilepsy.

When pursuing a keto diet lifestyle, for either short long term, there are key foods that you avoid in order to follow the 75% fat, 20% protein and 5% carbs. Most obviously, sugary foods like sodas, cakes, ice cream, candy and others are to be cut out or limited. With a low level of carbohydrates, grains and starches like pasta, rice, cereals and more are limited.

An interesting feature of the keto diet includes the limitation of most fruits and root vegetables, as these are high in healthy carbohydrates. While these food groups are obviously important to keep in your diet in order to get the necessary vitamins and nutrients, a keto diet puts a limit on such carbohydrates. Be sure you are careful to still get all those important vitamins and nutrients you need to live well.

This type of diet also highlights healthy fats, such as monounsaturated. Therefore, it’s important to limit your intake of unhealthy fats. Additionally, products that are low-fat and sugar-free are highly processed and should be limited or excluded when following a ketogenic diet.

Although the percentages of food intake may seem tricky, there are some great and easy ways you can make it happen, especially in using oils and vinegars in your dishes. In fact, we’ve even hosted a cooking class highlighting this latest health craze.  

How To Use Extra Virgin Olive Oil As Part Of Your Keto Diet

Perhaps one of the easiest ways to incorporate extra virgin olive oil into your keto diet is through a vinaigrette. This combination of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar comes with endless possibilities and be catered to exactly what you like.

In addition to using your extra virgin olive oil in a vinaigrette for your low-carb salads, you can incorporate it into so many more of your favourite keto dishes. Roast asparagus, zucchini or broccoli drizzled with extra virgin olive oil. Sauté your chicken in extra virgin olive oil. Incorporating more extra virgin olive oil into your keto diet can add both flavour and elevated health benefits.

If you are thinking about the Keto diet be sure to talk with your doctor before starting the plan. But once you do, discover how you can add increased health benefits by incorporating extra virgin olive oil into your regular routine.