Dieting? Low Carb Diet may be Better than Low Fat for your Heart
A new a study has found that low-carbohydrate diets seem to work just as well as low-fat diets, and they may actually be better for your heart.
The study, conducted by researchers at Temple University's Center for Obesity Research and Education, was published in the August 2010 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
The study included 307 participants with an average age of 45. All of the participants were overweight but none had high cholesterol or diabetes.
The study took place over a two year period and during that time half of the participants followed a low-fat diet. The other half followed a low-carb diet similar to the very popular “Atkins diet.” During the study, all of the participants attended group sessions to help them stick to their diet, overcome bad eating habits and exercise more.
At the end of the study the researchers observed no difference in average weight loss, bone density, and body composition among the two groups. However, the low-carb group saw almost double the improvement in good cholesterol levels (23%) compared to the low-fat group (12%).
Low-carb diets have become increasingly popular which has raised worries about heart health since the diet allows for more fat consumption. These findings show that those fears may be unfounded and over the long term, low-carb diets may actually outperform low-fat diets in terms of heart health benefits. The researchers noted that more studies need to be done to verify these findings.