Low carbohydrate diet poses no risk to heart

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Though low-carbohydrate, high-fat diets have suffered a bad rap for being a health hazard; a pair of new studies suggests they pose no immediate risk to vascular health in obese people. It’s a finding that’s likely to drum up more debate about the effectiveness of high-protein diets, which yield quick, visible results but are much maligned for being high in fat. In the first study, presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in Denver, researchers from Johns Hopkins University found no harmful vascular changes in a group of 23 overweight participants who followed a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet. Meanwhile, another group assigned to a low-fat diet took on average a month longer to lose the same amount of weight. Participants followed a diet that consisted of 30 percent fat and 55 percent carbohydrates. The findings prompted researchers to give the low-carbohydrate diet a ringing endorsement in a statement that seems to make the high-protein option an unequivocally healthy diet alternative. The report itself was prompted by concerns from people who wanted to follow a low-carbohydrate diet like Atkins, South Beach or the Zone but were wary of the diets’ higher fat content. More people should be considering a low-carbohydrate diet as a good option.”

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