Nutrient Dense Therapeutic Keto Superfoods

A therapeutic ketogenic diet has a very low insulin load from non-fibre carbohydrates and a higher amount of dietary fat to achieve higher ketone to manage chronic conditions such as cancer, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, dementia etc.

The chart below shows our insulin response versus insulin load which is considered fibre and protein as well as carbohydrates.  People wanting to follow a ketogenic diet should eat foods towards the bottom left of this chart.

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We can quantify the insulin load using the following formula:

insulin load = total carbohydrates – fibre + 0.56 x protein

The foods listed below have a very low insulin load while still maximising nutrient density (ND) as much as possible.  Also included in the table are the nutrient density score, percentage of insulinogenic calories, insulin load and energy density.

nuts, seeds and legumes for therapeutic ketosis

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foodNDinsulin load (g/100g)calories/100gMCA
coconut milk-552301.5
flax seed0165341.5
coconut cream-673301.5
pecans-5126911.5
macadamia nuts-5127181.5
brazil nuts-2166591.5
sesame seeds-2176311.4
sunflower seeds3225461.4
hazelnuts-2176291.4
coconut meat-693541.4
pine nuts-2216731.4
walnuts-1226191.3
almonds-1256071.3
peanut butter1275931.3
almond butter-1266141.3
pumpkin seeds2295591.2
peanuts-1295991.2
butternuts-3286121.2
sesame butter-1335861.1
pistachio nuts-2345691.0

seafood and animal products for therapeutic ketosis

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foodNDinsulin load (g/100g)calories/100gMCA
mackerel1103051.5
sweetbread-393181.4
bacon-4114171.4
liver sausage-3103311.4
bologna-693101.4
bratwurst-1133331.3
pepperoni-4165041.3
beef brains381511.3
kielbasa-3123251.3
blood sausage-5133791.3
knackwurst-4123071.3
liver pate-4133191.3
pork ribs-2163611.3
salami-1173781.2
frankfurter-4122901.2
turkey bacon-2112261.2
beef sausage-3153321.2
duck-3153371.2
chorizo-3194551.2
meatballs-3142861.2
lamb rib-2173611.2
pork sausage-2163251.2
lamb brains4101541.2
headcheese-481571.2
turkey-2214141.1
pork sausage1132171.1
cisco4131771.1
caviar9232641.0
bologna-2111721.0
ground turkey4192581.0
T-bone steak-1192941.0
turkey drumstick (with skin)-1152211.0
ham-0111490.9
chicken liver pate5172010.9

vegetables, fruit and spices for therapeutic ketosis

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foodNDinsulin load (g/100g)calories/100gMCA
alfalfa151231.8
olives-511451.8
endive181171.7
avocado-131601.7
chicory greens162231.7
curry powder5143251.6
escarole141191.6
coriander152231.4
poppy seeds2235251.3
paprika8262821.3
beet greens122221.2
sage5263151.1
blackberries23431.1
caraway seed3283331.1
zucchini142171.0
mustard greens93271.0
marjoram5272711.0
mustard seed2375081.0
banana pepper83271.0
eggplant63251.0
raspberries04521.0
collards84331.0
thyme7312760.9
nutmeg-5325250.9
cloves7352740.9

eggs and dairy for therapeutic ketosis

dairy20and20eggs
foodNDinsulin load (g/100g)calories/100gMCA
cream-553401.6
butter-637181.6
egg yolk5122751.4
sour cream-461981.4
cream cheese-5103501.4
Limburger cheese-1153271.2
camembert-1163001.2
cheddar cheese-1204101.2
brie-3163341.2
feta cheese-1152641.2
blue cheese-1193531.1
Monterey cheese-2193731.1
Muenster cheese-2193681.1
goat cheese-3142641.1
Swiss cheese-0223931.1
whole egg6101431.1
Gruyere cheese-1234131.1
Colby-2203941.1
Edam cheese-1213571.1
gouda cheese-1213561.1
ricotta-2121741.0

nutrient density for therapeutic ketosis

The chart below shows the nutrition provided by this high-fat approach.  The therapeutic ketogenic dietary approach does not provide the DRI levels of:

  • tyrosine,
  • phosphorus,
  • alpha linolenic acid,
  • threonine,
  • vitamin A,
  • copper,
  • vitamin K,
  • riboflavin,
  • selenium, and
  • lysine.

Hence this style of therapeutic approach is ideal for a shorter-term intervention with a higher nutrient density approach being adopted when possible.

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How Can I Calculate My Nutrient Intake?

If you’re interested in checking if you’re getting just enough dietary phosphorus, you can check your nutrient profile using our Free 7-Day Nutrient Clarity Challenge

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