"Should I use the ketogenic diet to starve cancer cells?"
There are three macronutrients of our diet, carbohydrates, fat, and protein. Carbs are simple or complex sugars from plants, fruits, beans, and grains.
The ketogenic diet prohibits carbohydrate-rich foods. You're only allowed to eat a maximum of 30 grams of dietary carbohydrate per day. Instead, you eat meat, dairy, leafy greens, non-starchy vegetables, nuts, seeds, and oils.
60-75% of the keto diet consists of fat, 15-30% protein, and 5-10% carbs. The goal of this diet is to reach a state called ketosis. To achieve this state, you are only allowed to eat a small number of carbohydrates.
Ketosis For Cancer
We store excess carbs as glycogen in the liver and our muscles. When you reduce carbs your glycogen store disappear. The body then creates ketones in the liver to digest fat and use it as an emergency fuel instead of glucose. What this diet does is mimicking starvation.
Your brain runs off of glucose and is dependent on carbohydrates for energy. Ketone bodies from the liver can work as an emergency backup fuel for your brain. But it is not its preferred food source.
All cells need sugar. So starving cancer requires depriving the whole body. If we believe that sugar feeds tumors, then we need to avoid all fruits and vegetables. What is left when you remove carbs are fat and protein from unhealthy oils and animal products.
Animal products contain IGF-1, heme iron, and heterocyclic amines, known to cause cancer. Just because cancer cells use glucose doesn't mean that carbs are behind cancer. Cancer manifests when there are too many toxins, not because we eat carbs.
Cancer cells can use fat for fuel. Many types of cancer cells are flexible. If you starve them of gluc..