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Despite the overwhelming evidence that low-carbohydrate eating is not beneficial, low-carb diets manage to resurrect themselves under different names and on the pages of new books—some desperately declaring new benefits. Whether the scheme is to eat like a caveman, avoid wheat, or eat lots of meat as dictated by your blood type, chances are the unfortunate result is a diet touting high intakes of animal products. The problems with high intakes of animal products are many.
- Most notably, high intakes of saturated fat, most readily found in meat and dairy products and eggs, are associated with increased risk for heart disease.
- Because carbohydrates are the preferred source of energy, including for exercise and mandatory for brain function, avoiding carbohydrate can negatively affect your mind and body.
- The avoidance of carbohydrate also means lower intakes of the food groups that contain antioxidants, phytochemicals, and fiber: fruits, grains, vegetables, and legumes, which means avoiding foods that protect against diseases like cancer.
- Avoiding carbs will probably lead to short-term weight loss. But the physical unhealthful consequences of such a program make it unsustainable, leading to the inevitable gaining back of the weight lost and then some!
- Low-carb diets are discouraged by health organizations including the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Medical Association, American Heart Association, and the American Cancer Society.
People who adopt high complex carbohydrate diets replete with fruits, vegetables, beans, and grains do better on all accounts: maintaining a healthful weight, sustaining an exercise routine, and reducing their risk for heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes.