When it seemed too good to be true, we should have really done our research. Now that the and the low-carb fad have more or less passed, the effects of those diets are being seen and the results are not pretty.
One research study recently published in the British Medical Journal is linking women’s heart disease risks to the trendy low-carb and high-protein diets that were so popular in the late 90s and early 2000s.
Unfortunately, while the trend and the products that were marketed during that time have more or less passed away, the notion that carbs are bad have lingered. Many people, and especially women, are still found to be eating a high protein and low-carb diet and completely confused by carbs.
Researchers in Greece focused in on a group of these women and followed them for the last 15 years. The end result was not pretty. Among the women who consumed the least amount of carbs and the most protein, incidence of cardiovascular disease was 62% higher than the women who weren’t regularly eating a low-carb, high-protein diet.
This news is unsettling. Many nutritionists are still fighting to reprogram us to learn that a balance of all nutrients is essential for good health. Many turned to the low-carb diet because they were fed lies that they could eat all the protein they wanted and get healthy. Many lost weight and replaced “skinny” for healthy, but their bodies were left horribly imbalanced and as we’re seeing in many cases, at risk of a dangerous health issue.
The study noted that to be in the risk category, women were only eating 20 fewer grams of carbohydrates and 5 more grams of protein a day versus those who weren’t on the low-carb, high-protein diet. That’s simply the equivalent of a small roll and the protein found in one egg. It doesn’t take much to upset the balance our bodies’ needs.
These stats were discussed on CNN Health and the medical producer, John Bonifield, was clear to state that this is just one study and many other researchers have had different findings. However, it’s rare to hear anyone in the field support this type of eating.
When people believed they were getting “healthy” by eating massive amounts of bacon and steak but avoiding certain vegetables and all grains, it was just too hard to believe this could be right. While a few got into a smaller jean size, many are now in danger of much bigger issues than just the weight they battled in the beginning.
June 28th, 2012