Both Paleo and Keto are significant upgrades compared to the Standard American Diet. These two terms are different, although not mutually exclusive.
The Paleo diet recommends low-toxin and nutrient-dense foods, which are ideally organic and local. The food should also be grown according to its natural conditions, such as grass-fed cattle, wild-caught fish, and free-range eggs. The diet recommends plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, high-quality meats, eggs, fish and seafood, and spices. Natural monounsaturated and nutrient-dense saturated fats, such as olive oil, avocadoes, tallow, lard, and coconut are recommended. Whereas, grains, legumes, vegetable oils, dairy, sugar, artificial sweeteners, and processed foods are recommended against.
The diet doesn’t specify a macronutrient composition, but rather leave it to the individual to decide what works best for them. Most Paleo eaters follow a low to moderate carbohydrate version, which is much less than what most Americans consume in a Standard American Diet. However, some athletes add a lot more fruits and tubers to support their training, while some Paleo eaters deliberately increase the fats to make it ketogenic.
The ketogenic diet refers to any diet that is very high in fat and very low in carbohydrates, with a goal of entering ketosis. The food does not have to be natural, organic, or local. Some keto eaters consume a lot of dairy and even vegetable oils, whereas others stick to natural and nutrient-dense foods.
The ketogenic diet, or the presence of ketone bodies in the blood, have some medicinal potential that the paleo diet doesn’t. For example, it can help manage treatment-resistant epilepsy. Also, many clinical studies are ongoing to evaluate other potential medicinal properties of ketogenic diet. If you are working with your doctor to manage a health condition with a ketogenic diet, then the ketogenic diet might be healthier for you. In such cases, you need to speak to your doctor before introducing any supplements.
We advocate for nutrient-dense, whole, and natural foods, when possible. Also, we recommend choosing the diet that works best for you based on how you feel and your health markers after the initial adaptation period. Neither diet is suitable for everyone, but kApex® can help make the adaptation period easier.