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Chinese medicine doctor publishes ‘keto diet’ book
人氣中醫師新書 「生酮飲食」教你瘦

Chinese medicine physician Connie Chen reads a patient’s pulse at the Jing-Her Chinese Medicine Clinic in Taipei.

Photo courtesy of Connie Chen

For many, after all the feasting during the Lunar New Year, the diets begin. Among various weight-loss programs, the “ketogenic diet” has attracted much attention in recent years. Under this trend, Chinese medicine physician Connie Chen and chef Lin Yu-chen recently published a keto diet book, A Chinese Medicine Doctor’s Ketogenic Dishes, in the hope of promoting a healthy diet.

According to Chen, the head of the Jing-Her Chinese Medicine Clinic, the ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein and low-carbohydrate diet. By consuming less high-carbohydrate foods — such as rice, pasta and bread — the diet forces the body to burn fat rather than carbohydrate, while converting fat into fatty acids and ketone bodies.

However, from the perspective of Chinese medicine, Chen says that the ketogenic diet is not suitable for all body types, and dieters should seek professional advice. She also reminds people of the potential side effects such as unbalanced nutrition, while encouraging readers to try the recipes jointly designed by chef Lin and herself to ensure a healthy lifestyle.

(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)






1. ketogenic adj.


(sheng1 tong2 de5)

2. carbohydrate n.


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3. ketone n.

酮 (tong2)

4. side effect phr.


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5. recipe n.

食譜 (shi2 pu3)

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