What Is the Best Book for the Ketogenic Diet?

Question by Lynd-zeee: What is the best book for the ketogenic diet?
We are starting our son on the ketogenic diet, as advised by our treatment center for his epilepsy. What is the best book for this? One with food lists and recipes would help, as this is completely new to both me and my husband.

Many thanks!

Best answer:

Answer by Ant Boogie
THE best book, hands down is by Lyle McDonlad. It’s called “The Ketogenic Diet” and is highly recommended by those with a solid, good name in the industry.

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3 Responses to What Is the Best Book for the Ketogenic Diet?

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  • Cindy in Texas says:

    I would highly recommend you ask this question on a epilepsy support site rather than Y!Answers.


    I do highly advocate a ketogenic diet for everybody. Fats regenerate, carbs degenerate. Be careful with your fats though – no trans fats (hydrogenated oils). I am wary of many polyunsaturated oils – especially soybean oil which is in most processed foods. I am also wary of canola oil. I recommend making your own mayo with rice bran oil (see riceland.com) or olive oil or a mix – virgin olive oil can make a nasty mayo though.

    I highly recommend virgin coconut oil, you can buy it cheaper direct from the makers off ebay. I highly suggest eating only fats from organic grass fed animals & same with eggs, cream & butter. I suggest brazil nuts & macadamia nuts which have fat ratios of 85+%. I also recommend ground flax seeds. Sunflower seed are the highest natural source of Vitamin E. Avocados, olives, fatty fish, nuts & seeds are excellent fat sources.

    An epileptic ketogenic diet has a fat ratio of 90% fat and is rough. Protein as well as carbs have to be limited. You have to think in terms of fatty proteins & using them more as flavorings. Egg yolks, not so much egg whites. Instead of peanut butter, I would suggest making a butter out of brazil nuts or macadamia nuts – even with that real butter may need to be added. Pork rinds will be helpful, bakenets is my fav brand. I think brains is the fatties meat source – haven’t tried it myself though.

    This is from my research –

    After 2 or 3 days of carbohydrate restriction, the liver begins to synthesize ketone bodies from precursors obtained from fatty acid breakdown. The brain uses these ketone bodies as fuel, thus cutting its requirement for glucose. After 3 days, the brain gets 30% of its energy from ketone bodies. After 4 days, this goes up to 70%. Thus, the production of ketone bodies cuts the brain’s glucose requirement from 120 g per day to about 30 g per day. Of the remaining 30 g requirement, 20 g per day can be produced by the liver from glycerol (itself a product of fat breakdown). But this still leaves a deficit of about 10 g of glucose per day that must be supplied from some other source. Excess dietary protein can be converted to glucose.

    Ketones have been described as “magic” in their ability to increase metabolic efficiency, while decreasing production of free radicals, the damaging byproducts of normal metabolism. The heart and brain operate 25% more efficiently using ketones as a source of energy


    new evidence demonstrating several amazingly positive benefits of a very low-carb, high-fat diet including in the treatment of Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Lou Gehrig’s disease, epilepsy and even brain cancer.

    Lead researcher Dr. Theodore B. VanItallie, from the St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York, believed that a “hyperketogenic” diet would serve as an excellent natural remedy for Parkinson’s disease because the excess ketones in such a diet consisting almost entirely of fat would trick the body into healing itself without the use of drug therapy.

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