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This Study Says High Carb, Low Protein Diet Prolongs Life

Carbs are making a comeback, with a new study saying a high carb, low protein diet can help prolong life. (Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain)
Carbs are making a comeback, with a new study saying a high carb, low protein diet can help prolong life. (Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain)

A new study published in the Cell Reports has found:

a diet high in carbohydrates and low in protein has just as much benefits as a calorie restricted diet.

The investigators compared three 8-week diets varying in protein-to-carbohydrate ratio under conditions where food was restricted or food was available at all times. Of the three, low protein, high carbohydrate (LPHC) diets offered when food was always available delivered similar benefits as calorie restriction in terms of insulin, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels, despite increased food intake,” EurekAlert reported.

Science Daily reported: “Even though the mice on LPHC diets ate more when food was always available, their metabolism was higher than that of mice on the calorie-restricted diet, and they did not gain more weight. Calorie restriction did not provide any additional benefits for LPHC mice.”

“The findings of the study were able to shed light on the effects of an LPHC diet to the body, but further research is need to discover its long-term benefits to the metabolic health and survivability of an individual. It could also help determine the importance of the type and quality of carbohydrates and proteins to the program,” said Tech Times.

The University of Sydney stated: “However, according to these mouse data and emerging human research, it appears that including modest intakes of high quality protein and plenty of healthy carbohydrates in the diet will be beneficial for health as we age.”

This new study, I think, would be nothing new to people of Asian background, as their diet is based around mainly rice with less meat, which is a high carbohydrate and low protein diet.

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