Dirty Keto vs Healthy Keto
One of my clients, Twila, was featured on the cover of Women’s World magazine for losing 245 pounds! Click HERE to see more inspirational client testimonials!
What I found really interesting is how they wrote she lost 254 pounds on “Ultra Keto!”
To me, keto is eating whole foods, no sugar, no processed oils.
If you want to have Ultra Success like Twila and all of my clients, I am listing a few things that will set you up for success by doing a list of Dirty Keto vs Healthy Keto.
There is a lot of bad info about keto spreading through the community. I have always tried to focus as much on healing as I do on weight loss. In order to promote healing there are some principals I suggest following:
- Eat the most nutrient dense, whole foods (think twice if it comes out of a package)
- Limit carbohydrates and get enough protein (get your personal macros HERE)
- Get at least 8 hours of sleep (click HERE for more help on sleep)
- Cut out harmful ingredients including the dirty keto products I list below
- Bonus Tips: Get outside in nature, add in cold therapy, cut out coffee!
These principals are great for enabling the body to heal. Weight loss is just a bonus.
Sticking with these principals enables the body to reverse the inflammation and disease processes that are holding so many people back from their best health. The most important component of this is the nutrient dense whole foods and especially animal protein!
I am not trying to pick on any of these companies. My purpose is to show all of you products that will keep you from seeing the benefits of a healthy keto lifestyle.
Too often clients tell me they tried my Protein Sparing meal plans but didn’t see the benefits. Once I dive into their diet, they were using dirty keto products like the ones listed below. Especially when clients make my Protein Sparing Dutch Baby Pancakes and smoother it in ChocZero syrup, they will not see fast weight loss and healing! ChocZero is NOT GOOD!
DIRTY KETO ITEMS:
To tell you the truth, I wouldn’t even want my kids to eat these dirty keto item and I hope you avoid them too!
1. Dirty Keto Bread
I can’t express my disgust for this dirty keto bread from Natural Ovens enough! Do not be fooled by “net” carbs. If you want success on your healthy keto diet, always count total carbs. Something that you must pay attention to that is more important than the carb count are the ingredients. They are terrible. They also have keto buns with the same junky ingredients. I would eat NOTHING in the ingredients. Wheat Starch, wheat gluten, oat fiber, wheat protein isolate, soybean oil, yeast…. I do not know how they can claim this as “keto!”
Dirty Keto products like these are ruining the reputation of the keto diet.
HEALTHY KETO BREAD
For a healthy Keto Bread option I highly suggest my protein sparing bread, click HERE to find!
2. Dirty Keto Crackers
I have been seeing a lot of keto people post photos of these keto crackers and I am here to tell you these crackers are not healthy.
There are more dirty ingredients than healthy ones! Sure these crackers are gluten free, but I do not think they should be labeled “Keto” nor healthy. Brown rice flour is higher in carbs than white flour. Brown rice flour is 120g per cup and white flour is 95g per cup.
Not only that, these keto crackers contain tapioca flour (another unhealthy starch), Inulin (another carb to raise blood sugar), flaxseeds (an estrogenic product that shouldn’t be consumed as a food) and crispy brown rice (another starch).
So, if you see these at Costco…. walk on by!
Healthy Keto Crackers
3. Dirty Keto Tortillas
Have you seen these Siete Tortillas at Costco? Stay away from them! You will not see results like my clients do! Tapioca Flour is not recommended. Click HERE to read why Flaxseed is so harmful. Almond Flour should be a rare treat. I personally never eat it.
Joseph’s Wraps and Tortillas should also be avoided completely. They contain vital wheat gluten, oat fiber, corn starch, soy flour, soy protein, soybean oil, enriched wheat flour, and flaxseed. ALL of those ingredients should be avoided if you want to see results.
Healthy Keto Tortillas
I suggest to make my healthy keto, protein sparing tortillas (click HERE to find!)
or purchase egglife wraps if you do not want to make your own.
4. Dirty Keto Pizza
Cauliflower Crust Pizza sounds healthy, but think again. It is filled with rice flour which is higher in carbs and calories that white flour! It also has other unhealthy ingredients such as tapioca starch, rice starch, brown rice, dextrose, sugar to name a few!
Healthy Keto Pizza
I suggest to make my protein sparing pizza crust! My kids beg for this healthy keto pizza all the time! Click HERE to find!
5. Dirty Keto Cereal
Catalina Crunch claims to be a keto cereal but I do not recommend. The main ingredients are potato fiber, corn fiber, chicory root fiber and tapioca flour! That is a lot of starch in a little bowl!
Healthy Keto Cereal
6. Dirty Keto Granola
Just because something is organic, doesn’t mean it is healthy! Organic Coconut Sugar should be avoided just like regular sugar.
I also would stay away from chia seeds because of the estrogenic properties (as well as damaging the gut).
Another frustrating aspect to these dirty keto products is that they all assume that if they add processed MCT oil, that makes it keto. You do not need to add fat in order to be in ketosis. And in fact, if you add fat to a bunch of carbs (like nuts and seeds), that is a great way to GAIN weight! And not muscle weight. You gain fat with a lot of fat plus carbs together. Plus, MCT oil is a refined oil that is devoid of nutrients (sugar actually has more vitamins than MCT oil!
This keto granola found at Costco has tapioca syrup and 8g carbs per 1/3 cup is a lot!
Do not be fooled by the “Keto” title.
Healthy Keto Granola
Click HERE to find my healthy keto granola, but if you are trying to lose weight, I would skip all nuts and nut flours.
7. Dirty Keto Breakfast Sandwiches
This breakfast egg sandwich claims keto but even the eggs includes corn starch, the turkey patty includes potato starch as well as sugar and American cheese is not a healthy cheese to consume.
Healthy Keto Breakfast Sandwich
If you are looking for a delicious healthy keto breakfast sandwich, I highly suggest getting The Art of Fat Loss!
8. Dirty Keto Brownies
These keto brownies have Tapioca Fiber. What most people do not realize is that the tapioca fiber might as well just be sugar. If you are Type 2 diabetic, it will spike your blood glucose EXACTLY like sugar. I’ve seen this with my clients all the time!
Healthy Keto Brownies
If you are craving chocolate, click HERE to make my easy flourless chocolate torte!
9. Dirty Keto Muffins
These Keto Muffins found at Costco have a lot of ingredients that pose a red flag… corn fiber, corn starch, sugar, more corn starch, and flaxseed; all of which should be avoided! Do not be fooled by the word Keto on the box and those of you who love Weight Watchers, do not be fooled by the Weight Watcher Points as only being 3 points!
Healthy Keto Muffins
If you are craving a healthy keto muffin, click HERE to find my very popular keto pumpkin muffins!
10. Dirty Keto Pancakes
Do not kill the messenger but steer clear of this pancake mix! I see people making these dirty keto pancakes all over Instagram and I am here to warn you that I do not recommend them. These keto pancakes are high in starch! Tigernut flour contains 19g carbs per 1/4 cup! That is a lot! Cassava flour should be avoided at all costs. And almond flour and coconut flour should be avoided for weight loss.
Healthy Keto Pancakes
If you are craving healthy keto pancakes, click HERE to find my pancake recipes! Click HERE to find the Art of Fat Loss which has protein sparing pancakes (perfect for weight loss!) The Art of Fat Loss also has meal plans perfect for fast weight loss!
11. Dirty Keto Syrup
I’m sorry to tell of you who use ChocZero that their products are not healthy nor keto in my mind. Corn fiber should be avoided at all costs. My clients who have tried it see their blood sugar rise too the 400’s after using this “keto” syrup!
Stay away from Choc-Zero products with soluble corn fiber. They claim it is a fiber, it is not absorbed! But check this out!
Healthy Keto Syrup
12. Dirty Keto Chocolate
Steer clear of this dirty keto chocolate! It is sweetened with “organic” cane sugar!
Be careful when using “sugar-free” chocolate chips. I see WAY too many keto dieters on Instagram using Hershey’s Sugar Free chocolate chips. These are NOT a good option and the malitol in them will cause high blood sugar and a lot of bloating and gas!
I also do not recommend ChocZero Chocolate! The main ingredient is Soluble Corn Fiber. Check out what happened when Dr. Ann Childers ate a piece of ChocZero chocolate!
Healthy Keto Chocolate
If you are craving chocolate and do not want to make one of my healthy keto chocolate recipes, you should try The Good Chocolate! Click HERE to find!
13. Dirty Keto Snacks
Here is another dirty keto item to stay away from! These keto snacks have cane sugar, brown rice syrup, flaxseeds and agave fiber! Nothing but a blood sugar spike in this bag!
Healthy Keto Snack
For a healthy keto snack, I highly suggest my protein sparing bread Chex Party Mix (click HERE to find)! My whole family LOVES them!
Focus on protein if you need a snack! Click HERE to find my favorite healthy Keto Snacks.
14. Dirty Keto Egg Wraps
When I heard of these egg wraps, I got VERY excited! Until I read the ingredients! Brown rice flour, sorghum flour, millet flour, long grain rice flour, potato starch and tapioca starch! Not good!
Just because the wrapper claims to not have carbs per wrap, do not think “It fits in my macros” so you can have them and still expect results like my clients do.
Healthy Keto Egg Wraps
15. Dirty Keto Protein Bars
If you own these keto protein bars, throw them away! I don’t like a lot of the ingredients but the dirtiest ingredients is soy protein which is a very harmful protein.
Soy protein isn’t the health food it claims to be! About 20 percent of babies in the United States are now fed soy formula, but the estrogens in soy can cause long term harm your baby’s sexual development and reproductive health that is irreversible. Babies consuming soy formula ingest about 5 birth control pills worth of estrogen every day.
- 1. THYROID ISSUES: Phytoestrogens are estrogen like. Mega consumption of these isoflavones are found in soy burgers, milk, soy butter and are very harmful for thyroid function.
- 2. CANCER: The estrogenic and toxic effect is linked to breast, uterus, and thyroid cancer.
- 3. INFERTILITY: Soy is linked to growth disorders, thyroid problems, infertility, and tumors.
- 4. TIRED TOXIC LIVER: Soy has toxic chemicals that clog up the liver and can’t be metabolized, unless fermented.
- 5. MINERAL DEFICIENCIES: Soy has anti-nutrient properties that block absorption of minerals from intestines (which in turn slows the thyroid).
- 6. DIGESTION: Contains enzymes inhibitors that reduce protein digestion.
Healthy Keto Protein Bars
Click HERE to find healthy protein bars and keto snacks!
16. Dirty Keto Shake
AH! SlimFast joined the keto bandwagon and created this dirty keto shake! Just because it has MCT oil in it doesn’t make it a healthy keto product! MCT oil is a processed oil that is devoid of nutrients.
Also this dirty keto shake has dextrose which is just another name for sugar! I also do not recommend whey protein for weight loss. Whey protein is the quickest absorbed protein which may happen to be great for a body builder BUT someone with blood sugar issues or someone who wants to lose weight, this isn’t good news. Also whey protein is dairy. Most of my clients, as well as myself, need to cut out dairy in order to lose weight.
17. Dirty Protein Shake
Ensure doesn’t claim to be keto, but I wanted to include this to show you just how unhealthy this protein shake is, despite being pushed by many doctors to their patients!
Just look at these terrible ingredients! Corn maltodextrin has a glycemic index of 110; sugar has a glycemic index of 52! The next ingredient is sugar, followed by harmful vegetable oils and soy protein! I would avoid this chemical drink like the plague and I would tell your family members to stay away from it too!
Healthy Keto Protein Shake
I personally recommend chewing your food instead of drinking your calories if weight loss is your goal. Chewing signals satiety and registers hormones that drinking does not. However, if you are in a situation where you can’t chew (Craig had cavitation surgery for Lyme disease and couldn’t chew food for a week!), I have a great weight loss protein shake in The Art of Fat Loss!
Or try my hard boiled egg chocolate pudding!
18. Dirty Keto Fats: Vegetable Oils
Too many people are trading healthy animal fats for harmful vegetable oils like soybean oil, canola oil, grapeseed oil and corn oil. Instead of eating healthy saturated fats, people are eating fats that release toxic chemicals called aldehydes that have been linked to dementia, cancer, and heart disease. Vegetable oils also contribute to weight gain because they block the enzymes used to help break down fat for energy.
These oils are found in most mayonnaise, salad dressings, restaurant eggs and omelets, fast food burgers, coffee creamer, protein bars/keto bars, frozen keto meals. Read more HERE.
Be careful when purchasing oils that seem healthy, like this coconut oil which also has canola oil in it!
There are a lot of great healthy fats to use. I love duck fat, lard, tallow, bacon fat, coconut oil, avocado oil and if you can do dairy, butter and ghee.
19. Keto Flours and Baking Products
Stay away from anything with Vital Wheat Gluten! Other ingredients to steer clear from are flax, inulin fiber, tapioca starch, tapioca flour, oat fiber.
This Dirty Keto Bread Mix is really really unhealthy!
Healthy Keto Flours
20. Dirty Keto Candy
Want to really see your blood sugar sky-rocket? Eat these keto gummy candies!
The main ingredient is corn fiber; which causes the same blood sugar spike as shown above with the ChocZero syrup. Another ingredient to be concerned about is the isomalt. Isomalt has about half the calories of sugars and does raise your blood sugar levels.
Healthy Keto Candy
Click HERE to find my healthy keto candy and gummy recipes!
21. Dirty Keto: Sugar Free Jell-O
I was shocked when a DOCTOR recommended sugar free Jell-O as a healthy dessert! The ingredients in sugar free Jell-O is not healthy!
INGREDIENTS: Gelatin, Adipic Acid, Disodium Phosphate, Maltodextrin, Fumaric Acid, Aspartame (Phenylketonurics: Contains Phenylalanine), (Sweetener), Contains Less than 2% of Artificial Flavor, Acesulfame Potassium (Sweetener), Salt, Red 40.
Maltodexterin has a glycemic index of 110! Sugar has a glycemic index of 52.
Not to mention how aspartame has been found to “eat” tiny holes in our cellular membrane.
On top of that, synthetic food dyes cause hyperactivity because it is an excitotoxin, where it over stimulates our dopamine production, but then we don’t produce enough; which causes a deficiency. ADD is a symptom of a dopamine deficiency.
Healthy Sugar Free Keto Jell-O
Click HERE to find my easy and healthy keto Jell-O
22. Dirty Keto Sugar Free Pudding
INGREDIENTS: Modified Cornstarch, Cocoa (Processed with Alkali), Maltodextrin, Disodium Phosphate and Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Contains Less than 2% of Natural and Artificial Flavor, Salt, Aspartame (Phenylketonurics: Contains Phenylalanine) and Acesulfame Potassium (Sweeteners), Mono and Di-Glycerides, Xanthan Gum, Calcium Sulfate, Artificial Color, Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 2.
The modified cornstarch in this sugar free pudding has a glycemic index of 77. Sugar has a glycemix index of 52. Make sure to skip dirty products like this that contain aspartame, which has been found to “eat” tiny holes in our cellular membrane.
Healthy Keto Pudding
Click HERE to find my healthy keto chocolate pudding (that even Halle Berry loves!)
TAKE AWAY MESSAGE
This post is not intended to be the “Keto Police.” My intention is to help you transform your life like my clients have. There are too many mixed messages and false advertising about keto and I am here to help you filter all of the lies.
My goal is to have you find success and transform your life by switching from the dirty keto products, to the healthy keto products! Happy eating my friends and don’t forget to take a before photo!
Please pass on this information to your friends who are trying the keto lifestyle and need to know the truth!
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