However, the Mediterranean diet did have the edge on some metrics. For LDL cholesterol, often known as “bad” cholesterol, the Keto diet had a 10% increase, while the Mediterranean diet had a 5% decrease. Also, those following the Keto diet saw a drop in nutrients compared to those on the Mediterranean diet and had a much lower intake of fiber.
In the Keto diet, the goal is to reach “ketosis,” in which the body does not have enough carbs to burn for energy, so it begins to burn fat. It is quite restrictive, because a person must eat a high amount of protein and fat with an extremely low amount of carbohydrates.
The Mediterranean diet is often much simpler to follow, as it is inspired by people who live near the sea. It mostly includes whole grains, fruits, vegetables and seafood, as well as olive oil.
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