Ketogenic Diet – What it is and How it Works [transcript][audio]

Guest: Dr. Alan Barclay

Presenter: Henry Acosta

Guest Bio: Dr. Alan Barclay is an accredited practicing dietitian and nutritionist with over 21 years of experience. He completed a PhD at the University of Sydney in the mid 2000’s on the association between glycemic carbohydrate (e.g., sugars and starches) and the risk of developing lifestyle-related diseases (e.g., type 2 diabetes and heart disease) and continues to conduct research in this area.

He lectures part-time at the University of Sydney and is a consultant to the Glycemic Index Foundation, which licenses its Certified Low GI logo for use on healthy, low GI foods. Alan also works in clinical dietetics maintaining a private practice in Sydney since 1995.

Alan has appeared frequently in newspapers, magazines, radio and television news. He has authored or co-authored more than 30 peer reviewed articles in the scientific literature, and has presented the research at scientific conferences around the globe. Alan is also the author or co-author of 5 books for consumers and also manages a monthly blog.

Segment overview: Ketogenic Diet is a type of eating pattern, where you consume about 80% of your daily energy from fat and carbohydrate intake is restricted, meaning a high percentage of total energy (kilojoule) intake comes from fat. In theory, it forces your body to use fats and convert it into ketones, which can be used to fuel various organs in your body including the brain. Listen to our interview with Dr. Alan Barclay as he talks more about Ketogenic Diet, what it is, how it works, who can adapt this type of diet, and its link to some cases of epilepsy.

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