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  2. Dec 13, 2019

Low-Carbohydrate Diets Raise Cholesterol

Eating a low-carbohydrate diet may increase total cholesterol, according to a study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Korean adult women who consumed a low-carbohydrate diet were 36 percent more likely to have a high cholesterol level. The traditional Korean diet is high in carbohydrate and low in fat and protein. According to the authors, there has been a shift to a Western-style eating pattern over the past 50 years, with a higher consumption of meat and fat and a reduction in carbohydrate. This shift has resulted in an increase in obesity, dyslipidemia, and chronic disease. 


Kim SA, Lim K, Shin S. Associations between low-carbohydrate diets from animal and plant sources and dyslipidemia among Korean adults. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2019;119:2041-2054.

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