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Low-carb diets more effective at boosting good cholesterol than low fat diets


  • Nancy Z-Grand Rapids Health Examiner 5 years ago

    Great info and article. Glad to hear that all of the veggies I eat are so good for me.

  • Taylor Rios 5 years ago

    Sounds like a balance is needed

  • April Adams - Salt Lake Wellness Examiner and Cat 5 years ago

    Great article! Thanks for the info!

  • Jimmy Moore, Low-Carb Lifestyle Examiner 5 years ago

    No, eating a plant-based, "lean" protein diet is not the way to eat a healthy Atkins diet. It needs to include as it did in this study plenty of fat, including and especially saturated fat along with moderate amounts of protein and limited carbohydrates primarily from green leafy veggies. That's the kind of diet Dr. Foster had these study participants on and it performed spectacularly.

  • Tina T. - Chicago Healthy Living Examiner 5 years ago

    Jimmy, my point is that although the Atkins diet had HDL benefits, one must consider the risks involved with that type of diet. Cancer, linked to eating red meats, was not a consideration in the above referenced study. My point is that one should weigh the benefits vs. risks when considering the appropriate diet.

  • jianmei 5 years ago

    Sounds like a balance is needed

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  • Sherrie Hartman -Detroit Children's Health Examine 5 years ago

    I'm going to be looking for this book. It sounds like it's a healthy decision regarding diet that I can stick to.

  • Winona Cooking Examiner 5 years ago

    This sounds like a very interesting book, will have to look for it...good information for healthier living.

  • - Deb - 5 years ago

    "The low carb dieters followed a diet modeled after the Atkins plan, while the other half followed a low carbohydrate, low calorie plan." Ummm... what?

  • Anonymous 5 years ago

    Exercise has a very modest effect on both HDL and LDL cholesterol. Eating a vegetarian diet will dramatically lower HDL and LDL cholesterol, unless that diet has a healthy portion of easily digestable carbohydrates. Under those conditions, LDL will be boosted, and HDL will plummet.

    The China Study has been touted as definitive proof of the desirability of a vegetarian diet. However, a recent analysis of the data by an independent party revealed that Dr. Campbell, author if the study, withheld crucial information in some cases, and manipulated data in other. It turns out that meat and fat are not the villains he made them out to be...wheat is. I'd love to see a valid study showing that vegetarians are healthier. At the health food store I shop at, I see vegetarians and they look very unhealthy in some cases.

    The Atkins diet is not a high-protein diet, but rather a moderate protein diet that places no limits on animal fat. Fat consumption, in the absence of refined carbohydrates, is not harmful, unless the fats are primarily polyunsaturated fats. In addition, dietary cholesterol has little if any effect on the cholesterol levels in the blood. As dietary cholesterol increases, two things happens. First, the body makes less and secondly, the intestines absorb less.

    In either event, eating whole foods is healthier than eating processed foods.

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