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Low Carb Diet Raises Heart Disease Risk

by Thilaka Ravi on  December 10, 2009 at 11:50 PM Heart Disease News   - G J E 4
 Low Carb Diet Raises Heart Disease Risk
Eating a low carbohydrate diet can raise a person's risk of heart disease, according to a new study.

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 carbohydrates.
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People who shun carbs like bread and pasta are 25 per cent more likely to suffer clogged arteries than in a low-fat diet, the research published in the journal Diabetes found.

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Hardening of the arteries is a key indicator of future heart problems, reports The Daily Express.

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 loss diets."

To reach the conclusion, experts looked at a group of obese pre-diabetic adults over eight weeks.

Source: ANI
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