July 10, 2002

There is some very interesting information I found in a rather-long article on the New York Times website. The article discusses the science behind low-carb diets. As long-time readers of this website know, I am not a fan of the idea of low-carb diets. But I try to keep an open mind about most things, and I am starting to wonder if I haven’t been wrong about low-carb diets all this time.

This part of the article has definitely caught my attention:

The results of all five of these studies are remarkably consistent. Subjects on some form of the Atkins diet — whether overweight adolescents on the diet for 12 weeks as at Schneider, or obese adults averaging 295 pounds on the diet for six months, as at the Philadelphia V.A. — lost twice the weight as the subjects on the low-fat, low-calorie diets.

In all five studies, cholesterol levels improved similarly with both diets, but triglyceride levels were considerably lower with the Atkins diet.

This is a very interesting and rather-startling find. Could low-carb diets actually be healthier for us than the high-carb diets we’ve been told for 30 years we should be eating? It is a very interesting question. And it means that I have some things I really need to think about.

– Miguelito

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