High Protein, Low Carb Diet
We know that there are many benefits of consuming whole grains (Brown rice, Oats, Barley, Millet, Quinoa): keeps blood sugar low, lowers fasting insulin, 30% less risk of developing diabetes type 2, 3+ serving of whole grains lowers BMI, lowers risk of heart disease, lowers blood cholesterol and blood pressure, protects GI track.
On other side there is no evidence to support that the use of high-protein lifestyle as a strategy can help to lose weight in long-term. However, there is evidence, showing the negative affect of a high-protein diet on Cardiovascular health.
And it’s not just whole grains but really it is “whole plant foods versus most everything else,” says Dr. Greger in his book, “How Not to Die.”
“People who once ate vegetarian diets but then started to eat meat at least once a week experienced a 146 percent increase in odds of heart disease, a 152 percent increase in stroke, a 166 percent increase in diabetes, and a 231 percent increase in odds for weight gain. During the twelve years after the transition from vegetarian to omnivore, meat-eating was associated with a 3.6 year decrease in life expectancy. Even vegetarians can suffer high rates of chronic disease, though, if they eat a lot of processed foods.
Take India, for example. This country’s rates of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and stroke have increased far faster than might have been expected given its relatively small increase in per capita meat consumption. This has been blamed on the decreasing “whole plant food content of their diet,” including a shift from brown rice to white and the substitution of other refined carbohydrates, packaged snacks, and fast-food products for India’s traditional staples of lentils, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds.
In general, the dividing line between health-promoting and disease-promoting foods may be less plant- versus animal-sourced foods and more whole plant foods versus most everything else.” ~Greger MD, Michael with Stone, Gene. How Not to Die (p. 6). Flatiron Books.
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