QUITTING CARBS? NOT SO FAST …
Higher-protein, lower-carb diets like Atkins, paleo and keto might be popular now, but according to emerging evidence from the University of Sydney, the real secret to healthy ageing may be the exact opposite.
Scientists at the university’s Charles Perkins Centre found higher-carb, lower-protein eating patterns in animals worked best to boost levels of FGF21, an anti-ageing hormone, and to switch off the underlying biological machinery known to drive accelerated ageing.
Interestingly, research confirms it’s an eating style that’s almost identical to the traditional diet on the island of Okinawa, home to some of the world’s longest-lived, healthiest people.
But before you start to pile your plate with processed cakes and cookies, the Sydney-based researchers stress the importance of pairing smaller serves of protein with plenty of ‘healthy’ carbs — such as vegetables and whole grains — that suppress appetite and promote a healthy gut environment.