Well, if this isn’t interesting, I don’t know what is. I read with great interest on CNN.com a story about early death being linked to diets that are recommending either a very low, or very high, consumption of carbohydrates. For starters, I don’t know anyone on high carb diets, although I’ve read about Professional Football players (mostly lineman) that need to gain weight who are eating high calorie diets full of carbs. However, I know plenty of people who are on low carb diets, and we talk about those in great detail on this website.
However, before you delve into that content, let’s get into today’s story.
Diets High or Low In Carbs Raises Risk of Death
This new study reported on CNN found that people who consume carbs in moderation obtain the best health benefits and live longer.
In particular, the study showed that if your calories and energy come from less than 40% – or higher than 70% – of pure cabs, you’ll be at a higher risk of death. The best option for healthy living is to be between that range, according to the report. In addition, the study found that if carbs were making up 50-55% of an individuals diet, they were at the lowest health risk.
Let’s talk about the “between the lines” information pointed out in the report – mostly that the definition of a low carb diet can be conveyed in different ways and that all diets are certainly not on a level playing field.
When carbohydrates are replaced on a low carb diet by animal proteins, which is widely the case, the risk of death increases when compared to those who obtained their protein intake from plant sources. This, to me, was quite obvious. There are many benefits of eating nuts, vegetables, and legumes, and of course, while the protein is phenomenal, animal proteins do have their downfalls. Nothing new there, and the book “The China Study,” which talks about a plant based eating regimen backs this up.
The article continues to cite the benefits of a low carb diet include weight loss. From personal experience, I can relate. When I reduce carbs from my diet and cut out bread, pasta, and potatoes, I drop weight within days. When I add them back, the weight boomerangs right back onto my body.
Now, will I re-think my low carb diet? Probably. But if I start putting weight back on, I’ll be right back on my program!