Eating Keto In Gabon: a Culinary Adventure
By Tom Seest
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While in Gabon, you will discover important aspects of a country rich in diverse cuisine. Notably, I learned about the significance of low-carb beers, processed meats, and olive oil in their food culture. Additionally, you will find that water will play a crucial role during your time there.
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Using olive oil on a ketogenic diet is a great way to kick-start fat loss. In fact, it can be used as a replacement for butter, lard, and other fats, including highly processed ones. It can also be used as a flavorful addition to your favorite keto meals.
Olive oil is rich in antioxidants that help absorb nutrients from vegetables. The antioxidants are also protective against oxidative stress. In fact, a large body of science indicates that olive oil consumption can help decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and stroke.
In addition to the anti-inflammatory benefits of oleic acid, other bioactive compounds in olive oil can have a positive impact on the lipid profile and blood pressure. For example, oleic acid has been found to lower systolic blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels. In addition, monounsaturated fats in olive oil may help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke.
Olive oil is also a good source of phenolic compounds. Phenolics are antioxidants that are best known for their health benefits. The unsaponifiable fraction of olive oil contains triterpenes and pigments. This fraction can increase the ratio between reduced and oxidized glutathione.
In addition, the monounsaturated fat in olive oil may replace the amount of saturated fat that would be consumed in a similarly calorie-dense diet. In turn, a moderate intake of olive oil can help increase energy and keep you at the 70% fat threshold.
Another study has shown that the presence of polyphenols in olive oil can lower blood pressure. The study’s results showed that participants who were given a 2-month diet containing olive oil with a high phenolic content decreased systolic blood pressure. In addition, serum ADMA, a marker of endothelial function, was decreased. These effects were concomitant with reductions in systolic and diastolic blood pressure, high sensitivity C-reactive protein, and oxidized LDL.
The oleic: linoleic acid ratio was also found to be inversely related to biomarkers of oxidative stress. In this study, participants were given 25 ml per day of three different types of olive oils. Each had a different phenolic content.
Choosing the right low-carb beer can be difficult, but you don’t have to give up the taste of beer. In fact, there are some excellent options out there. In fact, you’ll find that they’re perfect for a ketogenic diet.
First, it’s important to understand what the term “low-carb” means. A low-carb beer will not have the same full flavor as a regular beer. Instead, it will be made with special enzymes that break down the carbs into alcohol. This will filter out the gluten and make the beer a healthy option for a dieter.
In general, you’ll find that a standard 12-ounce serving of beer contains 13 grams of carbohydrates. This amount is a bit higher if the beer is darker. Those looking to lose weight should choose a lighter-colored beer.
However, you can also find beers that are keto-friendly. These types of beers are typically brewed at lower temperatures, which allows for more carbohydrates to ferment. This results in a more crisp and refreshing beer.
While many of these beers will still have a bit of a buzz, they’re a lot less bitter than a typical beer. You’ll also be able to find them in a wide range of flavors, including citrus and fruit-flavored styles.
Lagunitas DayTime session IPA is a low-carb IPA that’s brewed at a lower temperature. This allows for more carbohydrates to ferment and results in a hoppy brew. In addition, it’s a lot easier to drink than some denser IPAs. It’s also a little lower in ABV, at 4%.
If you want a crisp and refreshing beer, you’ll love Busch Light. This low-carb brand from Anheuser-Busch is cheap and easy to drink. It’s also very popular among college partygoers.
Although Michelob Ultra is a great option, it’s not the best choice if you’re looking for a low-carb beer. This one is a bit watered down and can have a paper-like quality. This doesn’t mean it’s bad, but you’ll need to drink more to get the same effects.
Alternatively, you can find a shandy with your favorite low-carb beer. You can make your own with soda flavors, or you can mix it with a favorite unsweetened hard liquor.
Those who are following a ketogenic diet, or any low-carb diet, are advised to avoid processed meats such as sausages and hotdogs. These foods have been subjected to a number of processes that increase the amount of carcinogenic chemicals found in the meat. This includes curing, smoking, dehydration, salting, and added sugars. These ingredients can cause your blood glucose levels to spike and kick ketosis out of your system. Thankfully, there are other types of meat that are acceptable on a ketogenic diet. For instance, fatty cuts of meat can be eaten on the diet, as can lean cuts. You can also choose to buy organic or grass-fed meat to ensure that it is healthy and contains no harmful additives.
Another option is to buy organic meat that has not been treated with antibiotics. This is important because these antibiotics can lead to the growth of bacteria in the meat, which can result in the development of cancer. In addition to this, organic meats are required to be labeled to make consumers aware of issues such as antibiotic use and access to exercise for domestic animals.
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