Want to hear a mainstream media’s take on the pros, cons, facts and fictions behind the keto diet? Then tune into Vox Media’s popular Today, Explained for its exploration of what people should know about the keto diet, who’s doing it, and why it has become so popular.

VOX prides itself on providing contextual information not usually found in traditional news sources. It has a number of podcasts, but the daily Today, Explained provides 20-minute explanations of trending news items in an entertaining, conversational way.

In honor of the food-focus of the American Thanksgiving week, the November 27th podcast “A tribe called keto,” featured host Sean Ramaswaram and reporter Julie Belluz delving into the surge of interest in keto eating. They note it is a culture and a lifestyle more than just a diet.

In general, the podcast coverage is fair and balanced, considering all the misinformation circulating about the keto diet these days. It talks about what people eat and don’t eat. It explains how followers stop burning glucose as their main energy source and get into a fat-burning state called ketosis.

In addition, Belluz covers the various health reasons why people are flocking to keto eating, including weight loss for obesity and blood sugar management for diabetes. It looks back at the diet’s 100-year history as a successful treatment for epilepsy, and looks forward to preliminary research underway for possible applications to cancer therapy.

However, regulars to the Diet Doctor site may be amused by a couple of the show’s bold assertions. The podcast says the diet is “anti-establishment” and largely “appeals to a market of men” who have been left out of traditional female-dominated weight loss programs. (Well, that would surprise our audience that is 75% female!)

Belluz characterizes the food is extreme, restrictive and dominated by meat. (Perhaps she hasn’t tried Diet Doctor’s huge array of delicious recipes, nor explored our vegetarian and vegan resources.)

Plus, she adds that the diet can be dangerously deficient in fiber — a point which a number of Diet Doctor articles, guides and videos refute.

Vox is very popular, with reports of upwards of 33 million visits a month. Chances are some people will be intrigued by learning about keto, hopefully googling it to find Diet Doctor, the top-rated resource for sound, evidence-based information about the keto diet.

If you listened to the podcast, what did you think? Let us know in the comments. What would you have highlighted about the diet that they didn’t mention?


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Podcast archives

Videos on ketoKeto for beginners: Introduction08:02Learn how to do a keto diet right, in part 1 of our video course.“I’ll do this or I’m going to die trying”19:23Kristie Sullivan struggled with her weight for her whole life in spite of trying every diet imaginable, but then she finally lost a 120 pounds and improved her health on a keto diet.Part 1 of eating keto with Kristie: Introduction01:47One of the hardest parts of starting a keto diet is figuring out what to eat. Fortunately, Kristie will teach you in this course.Part 2 of eating keto with Kristie: Build a keto plate11:16Are you confused about what a plate of keto food should look like? Then this part of the course is for you.Keto and fast food10:28Can you get low-carb food at fast-food restaurants? Ivor Cummins and Bjarte Bakke went to a number of fast-food restaurants to find out.Diet Doctor Podcast #31 – Dr. Ken Berry51:26Dr. Ken Berry wants us all to be aware that much of what our doctors say may be a lie. Maybe not an outright malicious lie, but much of what “we” believe in medicine can be traced back to word-of-mouth teachings without a scientific basis.Part 3 of eating keto with Kristie: Know your portion sizes15:29Kristie teaches us how to eyeball the right amounts of fat, protein and carbs in order to ensure that we can easily stay within ketogenic ratios.Eating keto to survive cancer28:51Audra Wilford on the experience of using a ketogenic diet as part of treating her son Max’s brain tumor.Is lower insulin the key to better brain health?46:36What is the root cause of the Alzheimer’s epidemic – and how should we intervene before the disease is fully developed?Fat Chance1:05:43Is it possible to ride a pushbike across the Australian continent (2,100 miles) without eating carbs?All things keto with Keto Connect16:44What is it like running the very popular YouTube channel Keto Connect?A life without migraines15:44Elena Gross’ life was completely transformed with the ketogenic diet.Exploiting cancer metabolism with ketosis44:42Can a ketogenic diet be used in cancer treatment? Dr. Angela Poff at the Low Carb USA 2016.A new life with a keto diet13:38If your muscles can’t use stored glycogen, is it then a good idea to eat a high-carb diet to compensate for this? Or can a keto diet help treat these rare glycogen storage diseases?Challenging the dogma16:47Dr. Priyanka Wali tried a ketogenic diet and felt great. After reviewing the science she started recommending it to patients.My success story with Jim Caldwell02:23Jim Caldwell has transformed his health and gone from an all-time high at 352 lbs (160 kg) to 170 lbs (77 kg.Treating cancer with a keto diet17:07Can a strict keto diet help prevent or even treat some cancers, like brain cancer?Low-carb living1:00:21How do you successfully eat low carb for life? And what’s the role of ketosis? Dr. Stephen Phinney answers these questions.LCHF and diabetes: science and clinical experience45:59What is the root of the problem in type 2 diabetes? And how can we treat it? Dr. Eric Westman at the Low Carb USA 2016.80 pounds lighter and no medications09:12Is it possible to reverse your diabetes with the help of a strict low-carb diet? Definitely, and Stephen Thompson did it.A ketogenic diet and fewer vegetables17:26Should you NOT eat your vegetables? An interview with psychiatrist Dr. Georgia Ede.Tips for eating out – part 5 of eating keto with Kristie10:10Do you find it difficult to stay on your keto plan when you’re dining out and still don’t want to miss out on those lovely moments with friends and family? Then this episode is for you.How to formulate a low-carb keto diet48:32Low-carb pioneer Dr. Eric Westman talks about how to formulate an LCHF diet, low carb for different medical conditions and common pitfalls among others.Part 4 of eating keto with Kristie: Stocking your keto kitchen19:03Kristie shows us exactly what staples she always keeps at home to make keto super simple.

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