A low-carb diet could shorten your life expectancy


Atkins, Paleo and Keto diets can have different tricks, but they all share a common message: Carbohydrates are bad, and the meat is good. Yet the new analysis reported by the New Scientist suggests that anyone who has invested in this belief can later come to regret it. According to a study published in The Lancet Healthcare, people who eat a moderate amount of carbohydrates actually live longer than those who avoid them.

For their research, the researchers analyzed data previously collected from 15,400 US participants. They found that people who got about 50 to 55 percent of their calories from carbohydrates had the longest life expectancy, about four years longer than those who got 30 percent or less of their energy from carbohydrates.

This does not necessarily mean that the key to a healthy diet should provide your pantry with pasta and croissants. The study also showed that people who received up to 70 percent or more of their energy from carbohydrates died one year earlier on average than subjects in the 50 percent group. A closer examination when eating habits to people who ate less carbohydrates showed another layer to the phenomenon: When people avoided carbohydrates for meat, their chances of early death increased, but the opposite was true for people who replaced carburetor-heavy foods with plant-based fats and proteins such as nuts, beans and vegetables.

These numbers indicate something that dietitian doctors have long known: Diet food, it is based around animal products, is not ideal. Getting more of your protein from plant-based sources, on the other hand, can lower your blood pressure and lower your risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers. However, fad diets that prohibit people from consuming carbohydrates, allowing them to eat as much steak as they want, are still popular because they are an easy way to lose weight in a short time. But as research shows, immediate results rarely cost a lasting action on your health.