Why Keto Economics? Part 5: Putting it into Practice

In my last post I wrote about the two kinds of  "experts" you will find online. The first are people who endlessly hype questionable and overpriced supplements and products they sell in their online stores.

The second group of keto educators, the ones I deem trustworthy, tend to keep keto simpler. They help. They don't hype.

That said, you will find some good, trustworthy people who recommend things that are effectively outside the budgets of many consumers.

Let’s face it, high carb foods like rice, potato chips, pasta and Little Debbie snack cakes are cheap. How different from many items keto followers are urged to buy.

In a free market economy, voluntary exchanges between buyers and sellers occur only because both parties expect to benefit from the trade, but many times buyers don’t benefit like they expected when they made the purchase.

When I first started keto I bought a handful of inexpensive supplements I hoped would super charge my weight loss. I view most of those purchases now as a waste of money.

For example, I read that some people following a keto diet might not lose weight as easily as they'd like because of a deficiency in an amino acid called L-carnitine. It's a relatively inexpensive supplement, so I bought a bottle.

Taking it for 3 months had no discernible impact on my fat loss. Looking back, I should have spent that money on something else.

I also bought some Irish Kerrygold butter which is supposed to be healthier because the dairy cows are grass fed.. Based on all they hype, I expected the first bite to have me breaking into the Riverdance.  As it turned out, I did not need my dancing shoes.

It tasted like butter, but cost twice as much as the Aldi brand we usually buy.

I don't think I'll buy l-carnitine or Kerrygold butter again. Like with so many things in life, we live and learn.

I also do not buy grass fed beef, pasture raised chickens or eggs, uncured bacon or almost any organic foods. These might be marginally better than their conventional replacements, but to me, the additional cost is much greater than the additional benefit (if any).

Spending $5 a dozen for pasture raised eggs, instead of the 69 cents cartons from Aldi would mean I'd have $4.31 less to buy other products I value more highly.  On a teacher's salary, those kinds of savings add up, especially when you go through 3 or 4 dozen eggs a week.

If you have a high enough income to buy prime grass fed beef steaks, and, it makes economic sense to you, then do it. However, you should know that plenty of people do very well on  a keto diet eating things like regular ground beef, store brand canned spinach, and a little mayonnaise made with soybean oil. These products may not be perfect, but the good should not be the enemy of the perfect.

None of what I've written will be popular with what nutritionist Amy Berger calls the Keto Police. I thoroughly enjoyed this video and hope you'll take the 10 minutes to watch it.

Don't let dogmatic bullies dictate your keto choices. Make good dietary and economic choices when you shop.

I will try to help.

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