Low Carb Diet and Coronary Heart Disease
A study relased today in the New England Journal of Medicine concludes that diets lower in carbohydrate and higher in protein and fat are not associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease, and when vegetable sources of fat and protein are chosen, these diets may even moderately reduce the risk.
All in all, this is a pretty useless study from the Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health. Anyone with any understanding of diet and nutrition knows (and has known for years) that the problem with high protein diets is not heart disease. It's things like:
- Intestinal Disease
- Liver and Kidney Problems
- Lowered Immunity
This is not secret information. I wrote a series of newsletters on this several years ago.
And the truly sad thing is, this same study could have tracked the real dangers of low carb/high protein diets at the same time that they were tracking heart disease and at no additional cost (it was all done with surveys that could just have added the appropriate questions) -- and actually produced some useful data. What a waste!