What Is The History Of The Keto Diet?

  1. The Basics
  2. Fasting As A Cure
  3. Revival In The Modern Times

When you were researching which diet regimen to go for, chances are you already came across multiple articles about the keto diet. You already know what it is about and what to expect it from it. You might be already on that diet at this very moment. You might have also talked with a nutritionist or a doctor about it where they were able to give you more detailed information about ketosis. With all that time spent on researching about the subject, I can bet that most of the sources only talk about the whats and the hows of the keto diet. They will give you information on what the diet is all about and how to go about the diet. Of course, they will also provide you with different keto recipes which I personally love. Bacon recipes are the best! But to get back on point, when researching a specific diet regimen, we should also know its history. So today, we are going to do a quick history lesson about the keto diet. Read on keto lovers!

The Basics

The foundation of the ketogenic diet is the idea of limiting your carb intake to train your body into using fat instead. This puts your body in a “fasted state” where the burning of ketones instead of glucose results in better overall health.


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Fasting As A Cure

Fasting as a cure for certain diseases has been a known practice for thousands of years. Ancient Greek and Indian physicians prescribe fasting as a cure for epilepsy and other health problems. In ancient times, fasting is considered to be one of the practices that contribute to a healthy lifestyle. In fact, the Hippocratic Corpus, a collection of Ancient Greek medical works, shows that fasting is the only way to treat epilepsy and is a standard practice all over the world. Though the results are positive, there is one problem. The patients’ seizures came back after switching back to their regular diet.


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Revival In The Modern Times

The original ketogenic therapy or the classic keto was developed in 1923 by Dr. Russell Wilder of the Mayo Clinic. It was developed when he observed that patients with lower blood sugar, which resulted from a low-carb high-fat diet, had fewer seizures. Just like the ancient physicians, the diet was developed to specifically treat epileptic seizures.

The keto diet gained exposure when NBC reported the case of Charlie Abrahams, son of famous Hollywood producer Jim Abrahams, on how his epileptic seizures were successfully controlled by going on a keto diet. This inspired Jim Abrahams to found the Charlie Foundation which promotes the diet and fund research. To further popularize the diet, a movie was also made about how a boy’s intractable epilepsy was cured by going through a ketogenic diet. It also doesn’t hurt that it starred Meryl Streep. From there, the diet just kept on gaining attention and exposure and the rest is history.


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