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What Is Fathead Dough?

Yes, You CAN Eat Pizza on the Keto Diet — Here's the Doughy Secret

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When you set out to do the high-fat, low-carb keto diet, you may be worried about all the delicious things you can't eat anymore, but fear not. There are so many options available to keto dieters, and one of them is fathead dough, which you can use to make keto-friendly pizza, bagels, and more. Unlike traditional doughs made with wheat and grains, this one is made with almond meal, cheese, and eggs.

Fathead dough can help you curb your cravings for the foods you miss most, which in turn could help you be more successful on the keto diet. By allowing yourself to find alternatives for your keto-forbidden favourites, you may not be as irritated with having to stick to a restrictive diet (at least this has always been my experience with dieting!).

However, just because you can have a keto-friendly pizza in your life, that doesn't mean you should be eating it all the time. Vanessa Fry, a registered dietitian at Detroit Medical Centre's Harper Bariatric Medical Institute, told POPSUGAR that like with any food, fathead dough should be eaten in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

And while this allows you to feel like you're cheating your diet (even though you're not!), it's important to still be conscious of everything you're putting in your body. Fry explained that you should pay attention to saturated fats when on keto so you're not harming your cardiovascular health. "Foods high in saturated fat can increase LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol that clogs arteries) and increase the risk of heart disease. Lean protein sources such as turkey, chicken, and plain nuts should be consumed on a regular basis as they are low in saturated fats," she said.

So there you have it, keto dieters. You can still, indeed, indulge in some pizza from time to time as long as it's made the low-carb way. A quick search of the internet provides a whole host of recipes featuring this keto-friendly dough, so your options are practically endless. Just make sure you're sticking closely with what you can and cannot eat and reaching for whole, clean foods as often as you can.

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