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What is Xanthan Gum? Benefits, Risks, Uses, and Substitutions

What is Xanthan Gum? Benefits, Risks, Uses, and Substitutions

While following a low-carb or keto diet, you'll inevitably come across xanthan gum. Its thickening and stabilizing properties make it an excellent substitute for corn starch and gluten in low-carb flours, breads, soups, and sauces. However, before you start experimenting with this common keto staple, it is important to understand what xanthan gum is, common xanthan gum substitutes, its impact on our health, its uses, and how to replace it. This is why we created this comprehensive guide to ...

What is Guar Gum? Definition, Benefits, Risks, & Uses

What is Guar Gum? Definition, Benefits, Risks, & Uses

Guar gum is typically used as a natural food thickener and binding agent, similar to xanthan gum but with slightly different properties. Despite the stigma surrounding this common keto-friendly additive, guar gum is safe for most people and provides many health benefits when consumed in moderation. However, there are some caveats that are important to understand before you use it or replace it with a suitable substitute. To help clear up any guar gum confusion, we put together a ...

What is Saturated Fat? The Truth about These “Bad” Fats

What is Saturated Fat? The Truth about These “Bad” Fats

Saturated fat has been known for decades as being a “bad” or “unhealthy” type of fat. However, the truth is saturated with complexity. For example, specific types of saturated fats and different foods rich in these fats can vary in how they affect our health. These fats can also impact each of us differently depending on our genetic vulnerabilities. For most people, however, this “bad” fat actually has a neutral or positive effect on health, particularly when consumed as a part of a carb ...

Zero Carb Food List that Keeps Keto and Ketosis Simple

Zero Carb Food List that Keeps Keto and Ketosis Simple

Keeping carbs low is the key to keto diet success. When carb intake is too high, we simply cannot enter ketosis and experience the unique benefits of keto. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to rigidly track your carb intake at all times. In fact, many keto dieters are able to stay in ketosis by using one simple strategy: Eating mostly keto-friendly foods that have little to no net carbs (i.e., digestible carbs that reduce ketone production). Although it may seem like carbs are ...

25 Keto Recipes for Mardi Gras

25 Keto Recipes for Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras as we know it here in the United States is celebrated in Louisiana, and we most often think of Fat Tuesday in New Orleans.  Everything is decorated with green, gold, and purple.  You can, of course, celebrate Mardi Gras and keep it keto.  We've rounded up keto recipes for traditional favorites like King Cake, gumbo, and jambalaya.  We also included recipes that feature green, gold, and purple, cajun flavors, or seafood.  So make sure you indulge just a bit! 1. Fiesta Slaw This ...

Keto Chicken Divan

Keto Chicken Divan

I’m pretty sure everyone’s mother made some version of Chicken Divan while they were growing up. The recipe originated in a New York City hotel and was the restaurant’s signature dish. Over the years it transformed into a family favorite casserole that was easy to make, fed a crowd and fit into most budgets. Many chicken divan recipes use canned condensed soups making them easy to whip up with pantry staples. This version ditches the condensed soup but uses only a few extra ingredients ...

Keto Chicken and Rice Casserole

Keto Chicken and Rice Casserole

Chicken and rice casseroles are classic, kid-friendly, and feed a crowd. This makes it a long-time family favorite. We had a traditional version of this casserole in the regular dinner rotation growing up, as did most everyone else. That version was made with rice, chicken, and an array of canned condensed soups. It tasted great but was far from low carb. This keto chicken and rice casserole recipe is much healthier, uses simple ingredients, and still feeds a crowd. It uses some of my ...

Garlic and Herb Breadstick Bites

Garlic and Herb Breadstick Bites

Keto biscuits and breadsticks are so great for those times when you need something to curb your cravings for the carb-laden real thing. That’s why I love this variation on a buttery cheddar biscuit. It’s in bite-sized stick form! It’s got all the flavors of the popular cheddar and herb biscuit you can get at a certain seafood restaurant, but with a crispy crumble that is great for dunking in soups or even tossing on a keto salad. I invited my family over to test out this recipe and I ...

Top 25 Keto Approved Foods to Accelerate Fat Loss

Top 25 Keto Approved Foods to Accelerate Fat Loss

Losing weight can be a complicated process filled with questions. Will this food help me burn fat? Is that going to stall my progress? Fortunately, most of your weight loss questions will be answered when you eat the right foods. What exactly do I mean by the "right" foods? You may think they are the foods that make you burn a significant amount of belly fat. However, these foods don't exist. The only way to legitimately accelerate fat loss with food is to consume foods that help you ...

The Keto and Collagen Guide: Everything You Need to Know About This Essential Protein

The Keto and Collagen Guide: Everything You Need to Know About This Essential Protein

Although collagen is a protein, it does not have the same properties as other more commonly known proteins (e.g., whey, casein, meat, and fish). In fact, because of collagen's unique amino acid composition, it provides us with many benefits that we can see and feel. The positive effects of collagen even extend beyond what we can get from consuming fish, meat, whey, and casein proteins. Collagen is helpful in so many ways, especially on the keto diet. You can think of keto and collagen as a ...