7 health benefits of Silicon Valley's favorite diet - a high-fat fad that has techies eating bacon and butter

Business Insider | Dec 7, 2017, 09.57PM IST

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Melia Robinson

The ketogenic or "keto" diet has been called the holy grail of good health and weight loss by some doctors and bloggers. On the flip side, it's a nutritionist's nightmare.

The keto diet goes against conventional wisdom on health eating. It encourages eating lots of fat and limits carbohydrates to no more than 50 grams a day, the rough equivalent of a plain bagel or a cup of white rice. By comparison, dietary guidelines laid out by the US Department of Agriculture recommend consuming between 225 and 325 grams of fluffy, white carbs a day.

Tech workers from internet entrepreneur Kevin Rose to podcaster Tim Ferriss swear by the keto diet. Some supporters of the diet say it gives them a mental edge in the workplace.

Here's why health nuts in Silicon Valley are saying yes to fat.

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