QUIT­TING CARBS? NOT SO FAST …

Healthy Food Guide (Australia) - - LIVE WELL -

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.

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