Are Blueberries Keto Friendly?

When Hollywood producer, Jim Abrahams, found a book in a hospital about a diet that would help children with epilepsy become a whole lot better, in both mind and body. He decided to try it on his own sun, who at the time, back in 1994, has a severe case of the illness, and found that it actually did make him better. He then decided to publish his findings of which the scientific industry gained interest and the rest is history.

Fast forward to the 20th century, and it has become profoundly popular amongst the masses, with various documentaries, journals and ambassadors for it, it has no doubt become the talk of the town. Some written documents recording this type of diet back in the 1920’s and 1930’s, but it was not coined the ‘Ketogenic Diet’ back then, but more of a variation of the ‘Atkins Diet’. Due to various reasons with industry competition etc it was discontinued for a while, until it’s come with people like Jim Abrahams and other observers’ personal positive experiences with it, who vouched for it and started to spread the word about its benefits.

In a nut-shell

The ketogenic or ‘keto’ diet comprises of consuming foods that are high in fat, an average amount of protein and low-carbohydrate foods and drinks. Ideally you are replacing the carbohydrates you would have normally eaten, with high healthy fat options instead. Healthy fats include a little bit of polyunsaturated fats (nuts, seeds, avocado and avocado Oil), a majority part of saturated fats (coconut Oil, eggs, grass fed butter) and monounsaturated fats (macadamia nuts, olive oil, fatty fish).

Unhealthy fats to avoid are sources like Corn Oil, Peanut Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Margarine, Sunflower oil etc. try and stick to only ‘natural’ or naturally occurring sources of fat at a moderate level. Do not overdo it.

The idea behind it

The reasoning behind eating low-carbs in this diet means that it forces the body to burn fat instead, this internal process that happens inside one’s system is what’s known as ‘Ketosis’: 

How Ketosis works in your body

Ketosis, then is that metabolic process as mentioned above of burning the stored fat instead of burning the glucose, which would normally come from the carbohydrate or starchy foods you would eat like pasta, wheat, bread etc So if you don’t eat those starchy foods, your body doesn’t have much of a choice but to turn to alternative sources of energy i.e. fat stores which then results in a build-up of acids, which are what’s called ‘Ketones’ in your body.

So essentially, you are forcing your body to move away from what it would ‘normally’ do, to a ‘newer’ and supposedly better process. It has been known to minimise effects of diseases like type 2 diabetes, and obesity in controlled environments.

The debate about fruits

As many as journals and articles that have been written about the Keto-Diet, there are just as many written about Keto foods and Non-Keto-foods, as well.

So are blueberries keto-friendly? Setting the record straight is important. We all have this perception that fruits are the best thing for you, no matter what diet or lifestyle you may be following. Its not so much a case of if its bad or good for you but more about how to fit it into your lifestyle correctly. One popular one is about Blueberries. As is the debate about High and Low glycaemic Index foods, isn’t enough to confuse you, the topic about blueberries or any berries for that matter is just as mind-boggling.

Here is something to put your mind at ease: there are no keto- friendly and non-keto-friendly fruits on a keto-diet. There are just low and high carb foods. So, if you are a fan of berries, and blueberries in particular, feel free to eat them, in moderation of course, because they are a chock full of good stuff. Blue berries are good for the heart, high in fibre, folate, potassium and even phytonutrients, amongst others.

As with everything there are side-effects. So, doing your homework before you decide to take up this (or any other) lifestyle is advisable or speak to your doctor if you have any questions.