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What is Gluconeogenesis and How Does it Relate to Keto?

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  Published on December 6th, 2021
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Gluconeogenesis is one of those ‘sciency’ terms you’ve heard hovering around in keto conversations, forums, blogs, and elsewhere. What is gluconeogenesis? Should you be concerned about gluconeogenesis on keto? Let’s discuss gluconeogenesis and how it relates to a ketogenic diet. Gluconeogenesis, ExplainedGlucose (sugar) is a type of carbohydrate your body uses as a quick source of energy. Glucose is necessary for some tissues and cells to function.Gluconeogenesis refers to the process where your body converts dietary fat or protein into glucose (sugar) to use for fuel and to satisfy the needs of those cells. In other words, when you aren’t eating any carbohydrates, your body uses amino acids, glycerol, and intermediaries like lactate from fat or protein to synthesize glucose, so you always have the glucose you need, and you still survive when you’re not obtaining it from your diet! This is why you can live without eating carbs and why fat and protein are necessary macronutrients, but carbohydrates aren’t. Gluconeogenesis also prevents hypoglycemia to make sure your glucose levels never drop down to […]…

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