View Full Version : Harvard Study - Low-Carb Really Can Be Heart Healthy

11-22-2006, 12:07 PM
Took this from the Canadian issue of Time Magazine, pg 8, Nov 20th of 2006 edition. Thought it was sorta interesting to read. However, alot of people are going to be taking this now to the extreme of saying Atkins and other low carb diets are healthy. Please also note this is one study and not a review article.

Pass the avocado! Scientists from the Harvard School of Public Health last week announced the results of a pioneering 20-year-long study, which showed that low-carb diets - typically high in fats and proteins - don't necessarily raise the risk of coronary heart disease. The study, which tracked the health of more than 82, 000 women, showed that cutting back on white bread and pasta - as advocated by the South Beach diet - doesn't boost chances of a heart attack. "The diet is healthy," says study co-author Frank Hu.

Of course, there's healthy, and there's even healthier. The researcher do not think the study should be interpreted as a license to go hyper-Atkins and each as much meats as you want. "You should pay attention to healthy fats and proteins rather than just load your plate with bacon," Hu says. In fact, he and his team did find benefits of to eating less meat - subjects who ate low-carb diets that took their fats and proteins from sources like vegetables and nuts cut the risk of developing heart disease 30% - C.S.

11-22-2006, 02:17 PM
that's because efas are essential for cardio-vascular health and a lot of other health benefits BUT were those people consuming fats mainly made up of trans and hydrogenated fats it would be a completely different outcome. There are so many recent studies like this already covered in my post on the benefits of efas.

11-22-2006, 02:35 PM
Yes, of course. This study pretty much summazrized what we know.