According to new research, the ketogenic diet, which contains few carbohydrates and lots of fats, could fight against the flu virus.
A miracle diet against the flu?
According to a study published in the journal Science Immunology, the ketogenic diet would be effective against the flu!
This would cause the release of T-cells, cells of the immune system that produce mucus in the lung’s cell membranes. However, they would be able to trap the virus effectively.
“This is a totally unexpected discovery,” said lead co-author Akiko Iwasaki, a professor at Yale University in the United States.
To understand this link between the diet and the flu, researchers did tests on mice.
Mice fed a ketogenic diet were more likely to fight the influenza virus than those fed a high carbohydrate diet.
“This study shows that the way the body burns fat from the foods we eat can help the immune system fight off influenza infection,” said co-principal Visha Deep Dixit, a professor at Yale University.
The benefits of the ketogenic diet divide
Used for nearly a century to treat some forms of epilepsy, the ketogenic diet has found a place alongside slimming diets. But is it really good for your health? The experts are divided on this subject.
To see more clearly, let us first remember that the ketogenic diet goes against dietary recommendations.
ANSES considers that for an adult, about 10 to 20% of energy must come from proteins, 35-35% of lipids (fat) and 40-55% of carbohydrates (sugars).
However, the ketogenic diet is based on a drastic reduction in carbohydrate intake (no more than 50 grams per day for an adult) in favor of a massive intake of fat, with a protein intake that remains at 15-20% contributions.
Cereal-based foods (bread, pasta, rice), potatoes, prepared foods, sweets, cakes and milk (high in lactose, which is a carbohydrate) should be banned, as should certain fruits and vegetables. vegetables, too rich in carbohydrates, as well as legumes.
Conversely, we must focus on foods rich in fat and protein such as vegetable oils, butter, eggs, meat, fatty fish, avocado, coconut or oilseeds.
The problem? This regime is very difficult to maintain over time.
At the same time, as he is “extreme”, the individuals who follow him can take back the weight they have lost and thus suffer the “yoyo effect”, so much feared.
It is also important to pay careful attention to the type of fats consumed and favor those of plant origin rather than animal, otherwise, there is a risk of developing a fatty liver (fatty liver) and hypercholesterolemia.
Thus, even if the promises of the ketogenic diet extend (slimming, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, etc. …), its effectiveness has been scientifically proven only for epileptics.