Hallelujah! Eating Carbs Could Save Your Life
So grab that (veggo) spag bol and get into it.
Experts are now saying that following low-carb diets increases the risk of dying young, and that eating moderate amount of carbs can help you live longer.
Yes. Eating pasta could save your life.
Cue choirs of angels.
Scientists from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston who did a 25 year long study into this, say people who eat a “moderate” amount of carbs can expect to live four years longer. They suggest that for optimum health we should eat 50 to 55 percent of calories from carbohydrates, which are typically found in potatoes, pasta and bread.
It's like a dream. A crusty, delicious dream.
The researchers didn't go into this lightly -- they studied 15,000 people over 25 years to reach their initial conclusions. Then they compared their results to seven other major studies to make sure that their findings were consistent -- in total the team analysed data from 432,179 people.
They found people who ate fewer carbs had a 20 percent higher risk of premature death. And those who ate more than the recommended amount had a 23 percent higher risk. So that 50 percent is looking pretty darn tasty right now.
They found that people who started the study at age 50 and ate a normal, half-carbohydrate diet, could be expected to live for 33 years.
People who ate 30–40 percent of their calories in carbohydrates tended to live 2.3 years less.
People on low-carb diets -- measured at less than 30 percent -- tended to lose four years, while people who munch on high-carb foods -- that's 65 percent or more -- lived just over a year less.
The scientists also found that if you're going to insist on an Atkins-style low-carb diet, then you should opt for veggies and nuts instead of meat. The study showed that people who replaced their carbs with meats and animal fats had a higher risk of death than people who switched to low-carb vegetarian diets.
Despite recommending against it, study leader Dr. Sara Seidelmann acknowledged that: “Low-carb diets that replace carbohydrates with protein or fat are gaining widespread popularity as a health and weight loss strategy.”
“However, our data suggests that animal-based low-carb diets, which are prevalent in North America and Europe, might be associated with shorter overall lifespan and should be discouraged.”
“Instead, if one chooses to follow a low-carb diet, then exchanging carbs for more plant-based fats and proteins might actually promote healthy aging in the long term.”
Vegan bolognaise, anyone?
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