Low-Carb Diets Increase Risk of Heart Disease
- Created on Friday, 13 July 2012 17:57
This is from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine:
"A low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet greatly boosts risk of heart disease, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal. The diets of nearly 44,000 Swedish women were tracked for about 16 years. Those who ate a diet low in carbohydrates and high in protein increased their risk of heart disease. Here is the math: Every 10 percent decrease in carbohydrate intake or increase in protein intake resulted in a 5 percent increased risk of heart disease. The risk of heart disease increased even further as carbohydrate intake fell and protein intake climbed. Women sometimes adopt low-carbohydrate diets for weight loss, however, this study and many previous studies show low-carb and high-protein diets to be dangerous."
I took a look at that study, and it also found increased cardiovascular mortality and total mortality among the women who adopted the high-protein diet. It will be interesting to see what Dr. Ravnskov has to say about this study, and I'll be surprised if he doesn't address it.
Even though I have the greatest respect for Dr Ravnskov for doing battle against the anti-cholesterol and pro-statin mentality in Medicine, the fact is that I still think that a plant-based diet is best. I don't say that it has to be entirely vegetarian, but I certainly think it should be largely vegetarian. I say that because there is simply no good reason to eat a lot of animal food. There is no need for it based on protein, on iron, on calcium (milk) or on any other need. Loading up on fresh fruits and vegetables is, of course, a good idea. And other plant foods, such as raw nuts and cooked beans and legumes, are also healthful and desirable. And although grain-bashing is very popular on the Internet, I am not opposed to whole grains either. So, simply by including the full range of plant foods, which include, fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, and whole grains, one is going to have the makings of a broad and varied diet, and it doesn't leave very much room for animal foods. But, if one incorporated a little animal food, along with a preponderance of plant foods, a good health outcome can still be achieved, and that is my considered opinion.
But one thing is very clear: loading up on meat and other animal foods three times a day is an unwise practice, and one is asking for trouble in doing it. So, don't do it.