Here are 50,021+ scientific reasons why the Ketogenic Diet is wrong....just for starters.
The Ketogenic diet is one that is low in sodium, potassium, magnesium, folate, vitamin C, vitamin E, calcium, iodine, fiber and an easy 50,000+ highly medicinal Phytochemicals. This 50,000 number is not insignificant given studies are consistently showing them to be equally valuable to vitamins and minerals and in many cases far more beneficial. The Ketogenic crowd frequently loves to use the term “Nutritional Ketosis” but anyone who is intellectually honest can clearly see this diet is anything but high in nutrition.
The Ketogenic diet is also inherently high in Glutamine, Methionine, Phenyalinine, Tyrosine and Asparagine all of which researchers remark in multiple studies that Cancer has an absolute dependency on and addictions to these amino acids. In fact, in a 2015 Oncoscience journal recently stated that Cancer patients may be successfully treated with a protein-free diet which echo's many other journals studying various amino acid restriction strategies. This diet also contains dozens of Heterocyclic amines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons which are chemicals formed when muscle meat (INCLUDING FREE RANGE ORGANIC), including beef, pork, fish, or poultry, is cooked using high-temperature methods. If we simply took PhiP, Harmane, and TMAO's as a short list of Amines to examine we would be furnished with more than ample reasons to be avoiding these foods. In fact, Dr. Kim Williams, M.D. President of the American College of Cardiology reported that TMAO itself was enough reason to “Vigorously avoid consuming animal based foods” and he also went on to state that there are only 2 kinds of Cardiologists “Vegans and those who haven't read the data”. This short list of toxic compounds has not yet touched on the known inflammatory compound Neu5Gc found exclusively in animal flesh “foods”.
Claims of ancestral diets from the “Paleo” crowd have all been dis-proven by brave Anthropologists Sussman, Walker, Copeland etc. Claims of “Bio-Individuality” hold no weight given for all practical purposes we are identical from a GI anatomy standpoint and like every other species on the planet, that anatomy is conducive to a species appropriate diet. Much like our closest anatomical relatives the Chimpanzee's & Bonobos we are clearly designed for a raw food, plant driven, low fat, high carbohydrate diet. Countless pubmed studies begin with statements to the effect of “...to counter act the known damages of a high fat diet we are testing xyz substance...” for a reason and that is because we are designed for a low fat diet irrespective of the source.
To ascribe to the tenets of the “Ketogenic” diet is to believe that Bacon, Lard & Processed Oils are literally preferential to Apples, Bananas and Figs which is not only absurd it is wholly unscientific and irrational. The only way for any study to confer benefits of the Ketogenic diet is to take a page from the recent Documentary titled “The Magic Pill” and compare the health status of Lard, Bacon & Processed Oils vs Twinkies, Goldfish & Doritos and for anyone willing to buy that I have Ocean front property in Switzerland I'd love to sell you!
Slick marketing from the meat and dairy industry who are hemorrhaging financially is the driving force behind the Atkins 2.0 push we see now, which has given rise to authors cashing in on telling people chocolate covered bacon is healthy. Diet fad marketing has evolved but human anatomy, although frequently confused with forced adaptation has not evolved. Anatomy, not observations of cultural customs in some far off land is the first principles criterion for which nothing supersedes, when seeking to determine what we are optimally designed to thrive on and that answer will always remain fruits and vegetables.