Patient X: 14 month old male diagnosed with Infantile Spasms/West Syndrome at birth
o After 2 days on the KD, patient X was in full ketosis (blood ketones measuring 7mmol, glucose 4mmol). The ratio was dropped to 2.5:1 to prevent ketoacidosis – resulting ketone level 5mmol; glucose 4mmol)
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Understanding the different artificial sweeteners is very important when on the Ketogenic Diet as a large part of getting to grips with the diet is giving up sugar. In order for us to do no further harm to our bodies, we need to ensure that we are substituting sugar with the best healthy options.
As we spoke about in our first article on artificial sweeteners, in 1981, Aspartame a very well-known and widely used sweetener, was introduced to the market. It was marketed under the label NutraSweet and was very successful. It was used to turn regular dairy products in to ‘light’ or ‘diet’ versions thereof (Weihrauch & Diehl, 2004) as well as being used as an ordinary sugar substitute. Aspartame is one of the sweeteners referred to as first generation sweeteners.
Haddock, gem squash and shake
Serves: 1 Preparation time: 20 minutes
The Ketogenic Diet requires 4 parts fat to 1 part protein and carbohydrates combined. Clearly, fat is the most important element of the diet. If you are thinking that all fats are the same, well you couldn't be more wrong. Understanding which fats should be making up the majority of your diet is so crucial to being successful! In this article, we go in to great depth about what to look out for in fats and why.
Patient age: 12 years
Diagnosis: CDG type unknown.
Co-morbidities include severe intractable epilepsy, cerebral palsy, blindness, low muscle tone and mental development delays.
Syndrome: West Syndrome followed by Lennox Gastaut
Artificial sweeteners are somewhat of a controversial topic. Are they better for you than sugar? Or do they have their own dangers? As the Ketogenic Diet dictates the removal of sugar from your diet, sweeteners are often used as substitutes for sugar while on this diet. This is why it is so important for us to understand exactly what the impact of these sweeteners are. Through a series of articles, we will be addressing the concerns related to the various sweeteners and as this is the first article in the series, here is a little bit of background on sweeteners in general.
Serves: 1 Preparation time: 10 minutes
Tuna, canned in oil 13g
Macadamia nuts, chopped 8g
Cream cheese, full fat 29g
Cucumber, with skin, diced 65g
Tomato, with skin, diced 38g
OmniCT oil 5g
Olive oil 10g
1. Drain tuna and mix all ingredients together.
Tip: Serve cold as a salad.
Quantity /100g (per serving)
As mentioned in our article on macronutrients, protein, fat and carbohydrates form a part of our daily dietary intake. Protein consists of elements which are part of the major structural component of muscle and other tissues in the human body (Hoffman & Falvo, 2004). Proteins are also used to produce hormones, enzymes and haemoglobin (carries oxygen in the blood) among many other functions (Hoffman & Falvo, 2004).
Serves: 1 Preparation time: 10 minutes Chilling time: 30 minutes
Preparation time: 15 minutes