June 26, 2012
Atkins-style diets may put your heart at risk
Women who regularly eat a low carbohydrate, high protein
diet are at greater risk of cardiovascular disease than those who
do not, a study suggests.
The study of Swedish women reported an additional four to five
cases per year of cardiovascular disease
per 10,000 women amongst those who followed the
Eating a mixture of all food groups, rather than cutting anything out completely, will help you to stay healthy inside and out
Victoria Taylor, our
Senior Dietitian, said: “This study highlights the need for
us to achieve balance
in our diets, rather than
pitting nutrients against each other.
“Don’t feel you have to choose between
carbohydrates or protein - a bit of both is better for your long
term heart health. Eating a mixture of all food
groups, rather than cutting anything out completely, will
help you to stay healthy inside and out.
“Try and include lean proteins and low fat
dairy, wholegrain and high fibre carbohydrates, along with lots of
fruit and veg and small amounts of healthy fats in your diet.
Enjoying all of these in a balanced way is far better for both
your heart and your waistline than trying to stick
to a strict diet.”
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This study was published online in the
British Medical Journal.