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The military is eyeing the advantages of keto

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • The U.S. military is exploring the possibility of changing its nutritional guidelines so service members will be required to follow a ketogenic or “keto” diet, meaning adopting a low-carb/high-fat approach to food
  • Studies show the keto diet helps reduce the “respiratory quotient,” or the amount of carbon dioxide the body produces relative to the amount of oxygen it consumes
  • Its potential for Navy SEALs and other “elite operators” on dives have proven that going keto may even prevent seizures for divers who need to remain hidden underwater for long periods
  • The new dietary strategy might require an overhaul of the current military menus; the high-carb/high-sugar content of MREs (meals ready to eat), for instance, may be “a thing of the past”
  • Numerous studies show benefits from the keto diet, such as improving your metabolic health and limiting your carb intake can address several aspects of your endocrine system and decrease your insulin levels

Several branches of the U.S. military are looking closely at a whole new approach in regard to nutrition, at least as far as it concerns U.S. troops. In short, government agencies are exploring the possibility of changing its nutritional guidelines so service members will be required to follow a ketogenic or "keto" diet.

The keto diet is a tactical strategy that puts the body into a metabolic fat-burning state called ketosis. For the military, it would mean adopting a low-carb/high fat approach to food — burning fat instead of glucose for energy — instead of the other way around.


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