Not so good news for the low-carb craze…
March 6, 2019 a study was released which suggests that over time, living low-carb can raise your risk of a heart condition called a-fib (atrial fibrillation) (1) According to Dr. Laurence Epstein “Extremes of anything aren’t good. Too much carbohydrate is bad and too little is also bad”.
The research also pointed out that those eating low-car diets also tend to eat fewer vegetables, fruits and grains – foods linked to lower levels of inflammation. So people on low-carb diets may experience more inflammation, which has been linked to a-fib.
Then on May 22, 2019 JNCI Cancer Spectrum published the results of the finding from Tuft’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. (2) They found that in 2015 over 80,000 (5%more) new cancer cases were associated with low whole-grain intake, low dairy intake, high intake of processed meat & red meat, low fruit and vegetable intake and high intake of sugary beverages.
It was not only about eating too much of some foods but too little of others…
- Eating too much of processed meats, red meats and sugar sweetened drinks and too little of fruits, vegetables, dairy and whole-grains!
- Not enough whole grain and dairy and excess processed meat where the top causes
Insufficient whole grain intake accounted for the largest number and proportion of cancer cases followed by
- insufficient dairy intake,
- high processed meat intake,
- insufficient vegetable intake,
- insufficient fruit intake,
- high red meat intake an
- high Sugar Sweetened Beverages (SSB).
So what does all this mean?
We really need to focus on creating BALANCE in our food choices. Our brain, muscles and whole body need a great variety of nutrients. Eliminating certain foods such as whole grain carbohydrates will not be a good solution for most people for the long term.
So many people are looking for the next “quick” fix to shedding some pounds. But over the years almost every diet has been shown that 95% of the dieters aren’t successful.
Also, they find there can be harmful side effects from many diets besides the guilt that diets cause the dieter. Making people feel guilty because they ate a certain food or they ate more than they should…
I have been coaching women in the health and wellness field for almost 30 years and have assisted over 5,000 women create lasting weight loss by creating better balance in their choice of foods – NOT elimination. Elimination does not work for the long hull.
Creating better balance by incorporating nutrient dense foods from all food groups will provide a healthier balance of the needed nutrients to promote better health.
Having too much of some foods and too little of others can also decrease your metabolism. This has been found to be a big problem for many women.