LOW CARB, HIGH FAT
Also known as ‘LCHF’, this diet encourages the intake of high-fat foods like cream, butter and bacon, as well as protein-rich foods such as eggs, meat, chicken and fish. Grains, bread, pasta and starchy vegetables such as potato are restricted under this diet — and even fruit.
Research in mice has suggested that this diet may help to reduce those human brain proteins that contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.
Weight gain After just eight weeks on an LCHF diet, mice gained 15 per cent of their body weight and their fat mass rose from 2 per cent to almost 4 per cent, according to recent research from Melbourne University.
Lead author of the study, Associate Professor Sof Andrikopoulos, recommends the Mediterranean diet instead, because it’s “low in refined carbs and contains whole grains, legumes, plant foods, and healthy fats from fish and extra-virgin olive oil.”
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