Brigham and Women's Researchers Find Moderate Carb Intake Is Best

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Brigham and Women's Researchers Find Moderate Carb Intake Is Best

"When carbohydrate intake is reduced in the diet, there are benefits when this is replaced with plant-origin fat and protein food sources, but not when replaced with animal-origin sources such as meats".

Maximum rejection of carbohydrates leads to a reduction in life expectancy.

The latest research suggests that if you get two choices of low-carb diet, then you should choose the one that replaces carbohydrates with plant-derived proteins and fats as it may help extend your life.

Low-carb diets that supplant carbohydrates with protein or fat are increasing across the board prevalence as a health and weight loss plans. Alternatively, eating more plant-based proteins and fats from foods such as vegetables, legumes, and nuts was linked to lower mortality.

"Instead, if one chooses to follow a low-carbohydrate diet, then exchanging carbohydrates for more plant-based fats and proteins might actually promote healthy aging in the long-term", suggests Dr. Sara Seidelmann, who is a clinical and research fellow in cardiovascular medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA.

Low carb-focused diets like keto, paleo, and the Atkins, all promising rapid weight loss, are still favored among trendy diets, while carbs continue to be enemy number one.

The US study - published in The Lancet Public Health - conducted over 25 years showed that moderate carb consumption is far healthier than saying no to carbs full stop.

All participants reported consuming 600 to 4,200 kcal per day for men and 500 to 3,600 kcal for women, with those with particularly high or low caloric intake excluded from the analysis.

The researchers found that, from age 50, average life expectancy was 83 years for those with moderate carbohydrate intake (50-55 per cent of daily calories), which was four years longer than those with very low carbohydrate consumption (less than 40 per cent of calories) who lived an average of 79 years.

The new medical research indicates that diets which are low and high in carbohydrates were linked with an increase in mortality; however, moderate consumption of carbohydrates as part of a weekly diet shows the lowest risk of mortality.

As Seidelmann explains, "A midrange of carbohydrate intake might be considered moderate in North America and Europe where average consumption is about 50% but low in other regions, such as Asia, where the average diet consists of over 60% carbohydrates". A new study finds that having too much or too little of it can be detrimental to health.

An average Asian diet is rich in carbohydrate intake.

The U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has more on diet and nutrition.

From this, scientists estimated the proportion of calories they got from carbohydrates, fats, and protein.

These results were pooled, according to The Guardian, with seven other observational studies carried out across the world, involving a total of more than 430,000 people.

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