LOW CARB, HIGH FAT

Healthy Food Guide (Australia) - - FEATURES -

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.

PROS

Re­search in mice has sug­gested that this diet may help to re­duce those hu­man brain pro­teins that con­trib­ute to Alzheimer’s dis­ease.

CONS

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.”

WANT MORE? Turn to p42 for low-carb recipes & find our 7–day low-carb menu on p90

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