MODERATE CARB INTAKE could help you LIVE LONGER
Diets both low and high in carbohydrates have been linked to an increase in mortality, while moderate consumers of carbohydrates have the lowest risk of mortality. Eating carbs in moderation seems to be optimal for health and longevity, suggests new research published in The Lancet Public Health journal. Less than 40 percent or more than 70 percent of your energy—or calories—coming from carbohydrates was associated with the greatest risk of mortality. Eating moderate levels between that range offered the best options for a healthy lifespan. The lowest risk of an early death was seen where carbs made up 50 to 55 percent of a person’s diet, according to the study. Here’s the twist: According to the researchers, low-carb diets where carbs are replaced with animal meat, full of animal protein and fat, lead to early death. However, low-carb diets packed with protein and fat from plant-based sources like veggies, whole grains, and nuts do not. “Our data suggests that animal-based low-carbohydrate diets, which are prevalent in North America and Europe, might be associated with shorter overall life span and should be discouraged,” said lead researcher Dr. Sara Seidelmann.