HEART DISEASE RISK FOR DIETERS WHO BAN CARBOHYDRATES
Scientists say the negatives of cutting carbs from your diet outweigh any
Wednesday December 9,2009
By Jo Willey
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EATING a low carbohydrate diet can increase the risk of heart disease, research
Scientists found people shunning carbs
like bread and pasta - similar to the controversial Atkins diet - are 25 per
cent more likely to suffer clogged arteries than in a low-fat diet.
Hardening of the arteries is a key indicator of future heart problems.
And experts warn that the risks of a low-carbohydrate high-fat diet far outweigh
the potential benefits gained by overweight or obese people losing extra pounds
This even includes any improvement in blood pressure and risk -- factors for
coronary heart disease.
Dr Steven Hunter, from the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, said: "High-fat
diets have become popular because they seemingly promote more rapid weight loss
and because of their palatability.
"However, we now have proof that they do not help -- people lose weight any faster
than more conventional diets.
"And the potential negatives of increased cardiovascular risks far outweigh the
potential positives of more easily sustained dieting/weight loss, especially
when there is a proven and safe alternative in low-fat high-carbohydrate weight
The low-carb diet involves eating more protein and fat in foods such as meat,
cream and butter and cutting out bread, sugar and other foods high in
At its peak in 2003 more than three million Britons were thought to be on
Atkins-style diets. The Atkins book sold more than a million copies in Britain
and the US.