Keto programs have proven effective for weight loss, but how heart-healthy are they? As with all things, moderation is key.
To get you started, representatives at South Beach Diet recommend these five keto-friendly, heart-healthy foods:
Full-fat dairy - With zero net carbs, items such as butter and cream are rich in healthy fats. Stick to recommended serving sizes of rich keto foods, such as sour cream, cream cheese and yogurt.
Eggs - Eggs are low in carbs and high in protein and amino acids. According to the Mayo Clinic, the effect of egg consumption on blood cholesterol is minimal when compared with the effect of trans fats and saturated fats, and their high protein content helps stabilize blood sugar levels.
Shrimp - Shrimp is a versatile superfood, high in protein and contains more than 20 vitamins and minerals, including selenium, which reduces inflammation and promotes heart health.
Flaxseeds - Flaxseeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids and have been proven to lower the risk of heart attack and heart disease.
Flaxseed also contains 800 times more of a cancer-fighting phytochemical called lignan than any other food. For maximum nutritional benefits, choose ground flaxseed and refrigerate for longevity. Try mixing it into olive oil-based mayo or blending it into your favorite protein shake.
Olive-oil or avocado-oil based mayonnaise - This often-maligned condiment is high in heart-healthy, monounsaturated fats, and is a keto staple with its zero grams of net carbs.
When adopting a keto-style diet, think beyond weight loss. Be sure to include a range of foods that are great for heart health.