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Epilepsy diet


Feeding in epilepsy

Recently, it has been highlighted the importance of a proper diet in the prevention and treatment of epilepsy.

It has been pointed out the need of avoiding some “foods” or “stimulants” such as coffee, tea, sugar and artificial sweeteners like saccharin or aspartame.

“Keto diet” for epilepsy

Among all diets, ketonic diet is considered to be more interesting in the treatment of epilepsy.

What is the keto diet?

A keto diet is a diet based on eating foods from fats or proteins instead of giving importance to carbohydrates. Among the best known keto diets we have the Atkins diet.

What are the goals for the keto diet?


Keto diet implies increasing healthy fats and avoid food rich in carbohydrates

With this type of feeding we try to increase the amount of ketones in the organisms. It is believed that ketones can help suppress seizures.

Which patients with epilepsy are seeking for keto diet?

It is used primarily in children from one to 12 years. Children or patients who have not responded well to treatment with antiepileptic drugs.

How do the keto diet must be performed?

You must eat fatty foods and protein for several days and you must not eat carbohydrates. This diet must not extend more than three months.

Is the keto diet dangerous?

Indeed, this is a very dangerous diet, so it must be carefully monitored either by your physician or your nutritionist. (See Atkins diet dangers)

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This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

7 January, 2023

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