When it comes to keto food, things can get a bit passionate. “You can’t eat that, it’s not a keto food!” Has someone said that to you? If you’re part of any of the keto community on Facebook, Instagram or other social media platforms you’ve either said it, had it said to you or seen someone else say it. But what does that mean? As a Keto Coach I tell my clients to cut out all refined and processed carbohyrates. No sugar, no grains, no starches and no cereals. Is that because they’re “not keto?” No, it’s not. I tell my clients this because refined anything, whether they’re carbs or not, are not good for our health. As a nutritionist I’m passionate about making sure that the food you eat is going to provide you with all the essential vitamins and minerals that you need to be healthy. But back to the question of whether a food is keto or not. Technically there is no non-keto food. You could have bread every day and still remain in ketosis as long as you keep the level low enough to remain in fat burning mode. We say that “bread isn’t keto” simply because firstly it’s a grain which is inflammatory, it’s also quite high in carbs so you wouldn’t be able to eat many vegetables and lastly it’s a nutritionally sparse. You would be far better eating the same amout of carbs from vegetables as they’re more nutritionally dense. So the next time you’re tempted to say “that’s not keto” rememeber that really there’s no such thing. You can eat whatever you want as long as you keep your carbohydrate level low enough to stay in ketosis (usually 20g or less). The main reason we cut out grains, starches, sugars and cereals is for the health benefits and to give us more to budget with for our daily carb amount.