It’s a touchy subject, and one of the most popular on several keto groups on Facebook. Constipation seems to be one of the common side effects of a ketogenic diet, but is really true?
Removing carbohydrates sources from the average Western diet is often compensated by eating more vegetables. Vegetables are good, right? Doctors tell us to eat more and more vegetables, fibre have to be good for us, right?
Wait a minute, aren’t they the same doctors who tell us to eat a low fat, high carb diet, avoid saturated fats and use seed oils?
I’m afraid the recommendations for more fibre in our diet have pretty much the same value as those that call for less saturate fats and more wholegrains: false, misleading, part of a vegan agenda that has nothing to do with science or overall health.
“Idiopathic constipation and its associated symptoms can be effectively reduced by stopping or even lowering the intake of dietary fiber.” is the conclusion of a medical research published on the World Journal of Gastroenterology. Reducing fibre in your diet seems somehow wrong, but so does eating more saturated fats…
At the end of the day, there is not one size fits all solution, but it’s easy to reduce or avoid fibre completely for a couple of weeks and see if the symptoms improve.