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where do the ketones go when you eat carbs?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 21, 2012 at 4:41 PM

so you are in ketosis/ketogenesis. you have ketones in your blood when you measure via a meter. then you eat carbs and your meter says LO. where did the ketones go???

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on October 22, 2012
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It only takes about 2 minutes to use up a surplus of ketones.

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on October 21, 2012
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Btw, my glucometer gives me a reading regardless what I ate. There are always ketones circulating in my blood, just not at a level that would denote ketosis.

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on October 21, 2012
at 07:21 PM

Simply put, you don't produce them anymore (or at least not in as large amounts.) You only produce ketones in quanity, in the absence of carbs, or more specifically insulin.

Glucose in large amounts is harmful, so your body does everything it can to burn them off as quickly as possible, or store them via insulin. Some will go to muscle, some will go to liver, some will go to your brain the rest will be converted by fat cells into fat. Only alcohol (and fructose) are processed before glucose, which seems to indicate that both need to be removed as quickly as possible. But the difference is we store glycogen for energy, so it's nowhere as harmful as alcohol or fructose.

When your insulin is low, fat cells open up and release free fatty acids. Your liver then produces ketones as the byproduct of fatty acid breakdown. Most of the body, including most of the brain, can use the ketones for energy.

If you eat fat heavy meal, the FFAs from the small intestine post digestion, are sent to the liver for conversion into ketones.

The more carbs (and protein) you consume, the less ketones you produce.

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on October 21, 2012
at 06:40 PM

Great scientific article about ketones and their metabolism: http://coconutketones.com/pdfs/VANITALLIE_NUFERT_ketones_ugly_duckling.pdf

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on October 21, 2012
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They are used for energy. Once they are used they are gone into the universe.... Just like every other source of energy.

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on October 21, 2012
at 05:37 PM

Btw, my glucometer gives me a reading regardless what I ate. There are always ketones circulating in my blood, just not at a level that would denote ketosis.

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