Atkins diet, Keto diet, Paleo diet

Terms like ‘Keto diet’, ‘Paleo diet’ and ‘Atkins diet’ often pop up in your search results when searching for healthy diets. So what are they? Essentially, they manipulate your food choices in a good way. That is, reducing (or eliminating) the amount of processed food and carbohydrates that you consume. Although they share similarity in terms of being low-carb, ketosis, however, is the science behind the Keto diet while Paleo and Atkins diets might not be ketogenic. Let’s look at keto diet.

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Carbohydrates: Complex vs Simple

I pretty much grew up with carbohydrates (or carbs) being the base of my meals – rice with meats and vegetables as sides, noodles with other ingredients as sides, etc. I enjoy my coffee with brown sugar and having coconut pancakes (mee chiang kueh) once in a while. I know I should have my macronutrients (fat, protein, carbohydrate) in the correct proportion but it didn’t occur to me that they can be further branched into the ‘better’ and ‘bad’ category. For example, saturated versus trans fat, complex versus simple carbohydrate, etc. So lets just look at carbohydrates.

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