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Ketotarian: The (Mostly) Plant-Based Plan to Burn Fat, Boost Your Energy, Crush Your Cravings, and Calm Inflammation by Will Cole, Avery/Random House, US $20.00, Pp 304, August 2018, ISBN 978-0525537175

With so many diet plans on the market, most people are likely to get confused as to what the best way to take care of your weight and health should be. Are high-meat diets like paleo or Atkins the best way to eat healthily or will they clog your arteries and make you fat or fatter? Many people will tell you to go vegan or vegetarian. But others will tell you that going vegan will deprive your body of ingredients like vitamin B and iron. Moreover, these diets focus on soy and grains which is not really healthy. In Ketotarian, Dr. Will Cole shows how we can use food as medicine and treat every system in our body — our brain, hormones, and metabolism.

Ketotarian is not just another cookbook on Ketogenic eating which took the health and wellness world by storm in recent years. Ketogenic is a low-carbohydrate, moderate-protein, high-fat way of eating. The Ketogenic diet plans promise to shift your metabolism into a fat burning powerhouse that helps you lose weight. The Ketogenic diet promises not only weight loss but also a way to improve your brain function and decrease chronic inflammation, the root factor to just about every chronic health problem we face today. Dr. Will Cole says that the problem with the Ketogenic diet is that the average Ketogenic dieter is eating pounds of processed meats, bacon, beef, cheese and dairy from factory-farmed animals. These foods are loaded with antibiotics and hormones, but many Ketogenic dieters believe it’s fine because it’s “high-carb, high-fat.” The Ketogenic diet also allows you to have sugar-free, artificial sweeteners like aspartame, sucralose, and diet drinks in the name of being “low-carb.” These sweeteners are linked to triggering a whole array of health problems, but as long as it fits the right macronutrient ratio, your average Ketogenic dieter will eat it. Because of this hyper-focus on macronutrients over food quality, many people on the Ketogenic diet begin to fear and avoid vegetables because of their carbohydrates content. This is a major issue Dr. Cole has with the conventional Ketogenic way of eating.

Vegetarian diets are the antithesis of the Ketogenic diets: low-fat and high-carb, avoiding animal products. Dr. Coke says that the problem with vegetarian patients is that most of them are actually carbatarians who live on bread, pasta, beans, and vegan sweets. Many of them are depending on soya for their protein, which is typically genetically modified and high in estrogens. Many vegetarians have wrecked digestion system with declining health. Dr. Cole says that it is time to bury food dogmas and start life with the medically proven way of eating — Ketotarian. Ketotarian is packed with delicious and healthy recipes which range from ‘Spring Veggie Lettuce Wraps’ to ‘Cauliflower Fried Rice Bowls’ to ‘Black Pepper Tuna Nicoise Salad with Eggs, to ‘Olives, and Dijon Vinaigrette.’

In addition to providing new knowledge about your health, Ketotarian comprises the best elements from several diet programs which multiply the benefits. It will help you prevent and/or reverse diseases such as inflammation and diabetes. You will surely feel more active and see your overall health improve with time. This is a must-have for everyone who cares for one’s health. Even if you are practicing another diet plan, Ketotarian will give you important tips about your health and a lot of delicious recipes.

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