Banting Recipes and the Banting Diet
Through our passion for eating and living healthy we have decide to start a free online resource for those banters who just love sharing their banting recipes and ideas.
The History of Banting
One of the first registries on low-carbohydrate diets was in 1860 when English casket maker William Banting was prompted to lose weight and decided to write “Letter on Corpulence, Addressed to the Public”, which aimed to completely avoid starch and sugar.
Banting lost 45 pounds in a few weeks (with additional weight loss over several months) on a diet composed by meat (generally mutton or beef – plus poultry and fish), two very small (1 ounce) portions a day of rusk or dry toast, tea (with no sugar or milk), and a 2-4 drinks of dry wine or port a day as spelled out in his own writings.
Thus, the Banting diet became a very well known method during that period of the 19th century, promoted also for weight loss and diabetes control.
10 Commandments of the Banting Diet
1. It’s a high fat, medium protein, low carb way of eating.
2. Choose real foods and cook them yourself.
3. Fat is not the enemy. Eat as much as you like.
4. Eat only when you are hungry. Stop when full.
5. Don’t eat when you’re not hungry.
6. Stop snacking. (You won’t need to)
7. No sugar. Substitute with Stevia, Zylitol or Erythritol.
8. No grains of any kind. We mean it.
9. Very little fruit, preferably none.
10. Eat eggs, they are healthy.
The No-carbohydrate Diet
A no-carbohydrate diet (no-carb diet) excludes dietary consumption of all carbohydrates and suggests fat as the main source of energy with sufficient protein. A no-carbohydrate diet is ketogenic, which means it causes the body to go into a state of ketosis, converting dietary fat and body fat into ketone bodies and using them to fuel the entire body and up to 95% of the brain.
The remaining 5% still runs on glucose which is adequately supplied by converting dietary protein via gluconeogenesis or by converting glycerol from the breakdown of fat. It may use mainly animal source foods and may include a high saturated fat intake (though by no means is this a requirement, and indeed is of questionable value from a health-standpoint).