The ketogenic diet has become increasingly popular in recent years as a way to lose weight and improve health. It focuses on low-carb, high-fat foods that help the body enter a state of ketosis, where it burns fat for fuel instead of carbohydrates. However, the keto community has been plagued by bad faith influencers, charlatans and figureheads who only want attention and money, ruining the diet's reputation and science-based fundamentals.
Many of these paleo charlatans push a neo-paleo ideology that prioritizes certain foods based on what our ancient ancestors would have eaten. This ideology has little scientific backing and has led to the demonization of many healthy and nutritious foods, including erythritol, a sweetener that has extensive science backing it up in human and rodent trials. Instead, the neo-paleo charlatans have defaulted to selling overpriced and re-packaged salt to the public. Keto could have been an avenue for innovation, learning, and exploration but it devolved into a cult with self-interest, charlatans, and contrarianism.
Erythritol is a sugar alcohol commonly used as a sweetener in low-carb and keto-friendly products. Despite being safe for consumption and having a minimal impact on blood sugar, many key figureheads in the low-carb and keto communities have jumped to demonize it based on associations with other sugar alcohols.
However, when a very poor associative study against erythritol came up, these same figureheads tore it down and demonized erythritol even though erythritol has the potential to help countless people within the low-carb and keto community as it fundamentally has no impact on blood glucose and insulin while showing several potential health benefits.
Interestingly, when a very recent pre-print painting of a bulls-eye against keto showed up on CNN, the very same figureheads dismissed the study due to its associative nature.
This behavior among zealous low-carb and keto figureheads is concerning and highlights the need for new figureheads in nutrition who prioritize helping humanity rather than pushing their personal agendas, confirmation biases, and junk products and services. In other words, the problem isn’t keto or low-carb: it’s the gatekeepers in this sphere that have fostered and accommodated poor science for mankind.
At Ketogeek, we are dedicated to cutting through the junk processed information and focusing on science that works. Our Energy Pods are a tangible and convenient solution that provides a healthy and delicious meal replacement. They contain up to 7 grams of MCTs, high-quality artisan cocoa, ghee (clarified butter), a handful of almonds, and 10 grams of protein with no added sugar or sodium. We use erythritol as a sweetener, and we stand behind its safety and effectiveness as a low-carb sweetener.
It's time to prioritize science and health over personal agendas and ideologies in the keto and low-carb community. Let's work together to create a healthier and happier future.