Carbohydrates, not fats, linked to early death

The question of which is “worse” for you – carbohydrates or fats – is a battle that’s been raging for decades.

Many in the mainstream will tell you that fat – especially the “saturated” kind found in animal products like bacon, eggs, and full-fat dairy – will clog your arteries and cause you to keel over before your time.

But if you’re a regular Health eTips reader, you already know that carbohydrates – even the so-called “good” ones found in whole grains – can spike your blood sugar, pack on the pounds, and make you vulnerable to depression, heart disease, and neurodegenerative diseases.

It’s enough to make you want to skip breakfast entirely.

But according to a new study, you can choose the bacon and eggs over the cereal with renewed confidence – because a diet high in carbohydrates is more likely to send you to an early grave than a diet high in fats!

In the study published in The Lancet, one of the most respected medical journals out there, the dietary habits of about 135,000 people from 18 different countries around the world were tracked for around seven years.

It turned out that those who ate the MOST carbohydrates – totaling more than 60 percent of their daily calories – had a 28 per cent greater chance of dying from any cause than those who ate the least.

On the flip side, those who had a high fat intake – about a third of their daily calories – had a 23 per cent lower risk of early death than those who ate less fat.

Not only that, but they also had an 18 per cent lower risk of stroke than those who ate more carbs.

That may be because essential fats are crucial for continuing brain development… tamping down inflammation… and even preventing blood clots from forming.

Now, that doesn’t mean you’ve got the green light to eat all fats – especially not the trans fats found in processed foods, which can make your cholesterol go haywire.

But saturated fat from animal products isn’t the killer the mainstream makes it out to be.

The study found no evidence that the World Health Organization’s current recommendation to keep saturated fat below 10 per cent of your calories is beneficial. In fact, the data showed that anything below 7 per cent of calories from saturated fat may even be harmful!

These results come as no surprise to me, as I’ve been telling you about the benefits of low-carb diets for years – especially my favorite version, the Paleo diet. It cuts out grains, refined carbs, and processed foods and focuses instead on satisfying meat, fish, dairy, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.

You’ll get plenty of healthy saturated and unsaturated fats, and the carbs you get from nutrient-dense fruits and veggies are the only ones you’ll need.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing

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Sources:

Diet Study Suggests It’s Carbs, Not Fats, That Are Bad For You, medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_168087.html

Associations of fats and carbohydrate intake with cardiovascular disease and mortality in 18 countries from five continents (PURE): a prospective cohort study, thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(17)32252-3/fulltext

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