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Why the Media Went Crazy for Keto Crotch

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

Story at-a-glance -

  • “Keto crotch” is fake news, based on a handful of anecdotes from old reddit discussion boards. There is no medical evidence to suggest nutritional ketosis can cause offensive vaginal odors
  • The same day CNN reported Weight Watchers had lost 80 percent of its stock value since July 2018 due to people switching to a ketogenic diet, articles warning of “keto crotch” exploded on the internet
  • Sugar and net carbs are primary drivers of yeast infections, vaginosis, bladder infections and similar ailments, and women who struggle with these conditions who switch to a low-carb diet typically notice significant improvement
  • Ketones mimic the life span-extending properties of fasting, which includes improved glucose metabolism, reduced inflammation, clearing out malfunctioning immune cells, and upregulating autophagy and mitophagy in your mitochondria
  • Diabetic ketoacidosis — which causes bad breath — has nothing to do with nutritional ketosis achieved through a ketogenic diet

"Your Meat-Heavy Diet Might Be Giving You 'Keto Crotch,'" an article on announces, claiming "Doctors have confirmed that changing your diet can create new and interesting smells … down there." "'Keto Crotch' Might Be the Strongest Argument for Eating Carbs Yet," Emily Alford reports on

"'Keto Crotch Is the Seriously Smelly Side Effect of the Popular Diet," the New York Post declares, and then goes on to confuse diabetic ketoacidosis — which causes bad breath — with nutritional ketosis achieved through a ketogenic diet. (The two have absolutely nothing to do with each other, as explained in my interview with Dorian Greenow and on 

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