Rethinking Carbs and Fats

Some new research is getting lots of attention in the health world. A major study, published in the journal The Lancet, is questioning some common assumptions about fats and carbohydrates and providing new guidance. The research, involving more than 135,000 people across five continents, showed that a diet which includes a moderate intake of fat and fruits and vegetables, and avoidance of high carbohydrates, is associated with lower risk of death. Surprisingly, they found that “high carbohydrate intake was associated with higher risk of total mortality, whereas total fat and individual types of fat were related to lower total mortality. Total fat and types of fat were not associated with cardiovascular disease, myocardial infarction, or cardiovascular disease mortality, whereas saturated fat had an inverse association with stroke.” In short, large amounts of carbs pose the greatest risk to health, but moderate intake of fats is not as bad as many people think. These results are challenging many of the assumptions and food choices that people make today.


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