Traditional Ketogenic, Cantin Ketogenic Diet and Wahls Diets are the most popular Ketogenic based protocols, but what is the difference? and what is similar? I went on a search to find out and here are the results.

The Traditional Ketogenic Chart: (Aiming at Epilepsy and other Ailments)

Traditional Ketogenic Chart

Cantin Ketogenic Chart: (Aiming at Cancer, Type 1 Diabetes and Other Ailments)

Cantin Ketogenic Chart

Wahls Diet Chart (Aiming at removing elements contributing to health decline)

Wahls Diet Chart

Wahls Paleo Chart (Aiming at further eliminating dietary elements that compromise gut health)

Wahls Paleo Chart

Wahls Paleo Plus Chart (Aiming at Autoimmune Conditions, Neurological or Psychological Issues and Cancer)

Wahls Paleo Plus Chart

Overall Comparisons:

As indicated above in the charts, all of the 3 are a little different in proportion of fat/carb/protein ratios, however, there are some more obvious differences and similarities:

What they all have in Common

What is Different

No Grains, Gluten, Sugar, High-fructose Corn Syrup, Refined sugar (white, brown or raw), artificial sweeteners and preservatives such as monosodium glutamate, Trans-Fats, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated Oil, Vegetable Oils, Soda or Diet Soda.

No Dairy on Cantin Ketogenic Diet

Carbohydrates come from: Adding lots of leafy greens and vegetables.

All Carbohydrates are from VEGETABLE SOURCES ONLY and LOW CARB, LOW Glycemic LOAD Preferred

Optional Dairy or No Dairy on Wahls Diets, but not from cow’s, goat’s or sheep.

Protein comes from: Vegan and Vegetarian Options listed and outlined in each diet

Traditional Ketogenic Diet has Dairy, one of the main sources of dairy is BUTTER

Protein comes from: Organic Grass Fed, Pasture Raised Meat and Wild-Caught Fish Only

No Red Meat on the Cantin Ketogenic Diet

Fats come from: Lots of Coconut Oil and other coconut produce, if available: MCT Oil, Extra-Virgin Olive Oil nuts, seeds and avocado, olives.

Wahls diet has gluten free options for grains or potatoes (but not every day)

Eating berries

Wahls diet also has in moderation more fruit varieties

Snacks using nuts, seeds and coconut oil

No Eggs on Wahls diet.

All Coconut Based Products such as coconut milk (unsweetened), coconut cream (unsweetened)

Supplements vary on each diet.

Seaweed, Seafood

Wahls and the Traditional Diet has fermented foods

Optional Supplements, eg. Vitamins and Minerals

All have homemade BROTH

NO TAP WATER, eg. Chlorine, Flouride and other contaminants

And more Specifically:

Cantin Ketogenic Diet (From the BOOK, which contains lots of recipes)

Foods NOT to EAT: No Dairy, Red Meat, Soy, Wheat, Grain, Fructose (except for a few berries), Alcohol, Corn, Canola, Chips, GMO’s, Processed food, Rice, Processed Salt, Sugar of any kind, Vegetable Oils, Water from Tap.

Fat intake from Extra-Virgin Olive Oil and Pure Coconut Oil

Foods to EAT: Almonds, Almond Milk (unsweetened), Almond Flour, Cacao Batter, Chicken, Chicken broth or vegetable broth, organic and low sodium, coconut oil extra virgin and organic, coconut milk unsweetened, eggs organic, fish, green tea, healthy unprocessed sea salt, herbs such as coriander and parsley, lemon, lime, mayonnaise (home made), MCT oil, mineral water, olives and olive oil (extra virgin), nuts, peanuts, protein powder (plant based), seafood, seaweeds organic (kelp, dulse, spirulina), Spices such as turmeric, curcumin, ginger, garlic, peppers), stevia, turkey, vegetables, water filtered pure, alkalized.

Add Aleo Vera Juice two to three times per day., Wheatgrass shots daily, Modified Citrus Pectin (MCP), Fresh lemon in warm water first thing in the morning, during the day and before bed.

Menu for VEGANS Example:


Plant protein shake, Avocado, Almond milk


Nuts or seeds


Plant protein shake, Fresh Salad, Raw Cacao Butter


Seaweeds and or as above


Plant protein powder, Asparagus, Green salad, Black olives

Menu for meat eaters example:


Low Carb Pancake, Plant Protein Shake, Fried, scrambled or poached Eggs, Avocado


Olives, Mixed Nuts, peanuts, almonds, Seaweed, hard boiled eggs, sardines with fresh lemon juice, protein shake


Any recipe from her book and/or salad recipe, Cilantro Chicken, Fresh Spinach


As above


Any recipe from her book and/or salad recipe eg. Oven backed Salmon, Roasted Asparagus

Wahls Paleo Plus (From the BOOK which contains lots of recipes)

2-3 cups/day

Leafy greens (raw)

  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Bok choy
  • Parsley
  • Spinach

2-3 cups/day

Sulfur rich vegetables (raw or cooked)

  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Muschrooms
  • Shallots
  • Garlic (2 cloves 1 serving)
  • Brussel sprouts

2-3 cups/day

Non starchy colourful vegetables (raw or cooked)

  • Avocado
  • Cucumber
  • Grapes, green
  • Kiwi, green
  • Beets
  • Blood oranges
  • Red cabbage
  • Red grapefruit
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Currants
  • Grapes, black, purple
  • Olives, black
  • Carrots
  • Nectarines
  • Pumpkin
  • Squash

1.5 cups/week

Organ meats

2 cups/week

Wild cold-water fish

  • Anchovies
  • Mussels
  • Oysters
  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Fresh Tuna

0.75 to 1.5 cups/day

Other meat, poultry, game

½ cup/day maximum

Soaked raw nuts and seeds

  • Sunflower
  • Pumpkin
  • Walnuts
  • Hazelnuts
  • Brazil nuts
  • Pistachios
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Flax seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Tahini (sesame butter), Sunflower butter, almond butter

2 Tbsp/day maximum

Flax, hemp, walnut oil (cold-pressed)

As desired

Olive oil (cold-pressed)

4-6 Tblsp/day or 13/4 cups milk

Coconut oil, butter or full fat milk

As desired (cooking oils)

Clarified animal fat, butter, lard, bacon grease

  • Ghee
  • Lard
  • Chicken fat
  • Duck fat
  • Sesame oil
  • Coconut oil

As desired

Almond, hazelnut, hemp milk

1 Tsp flakes, ¼ tsp powder, 0.31 cup fresh


1 Tsp

Dried Algae such as chlorella, spirulina, blue green

1-2 Tbsp/day

Nutritional yeast

1 Serving/day

Fermented food


Water, Soda, Coffee, Tea, Yerba Mate, Kombucha tea, 100% vegetable juice