Another Reason to Eat Fewer Carbs
When it comes to keeping your heart healthy, the best eating plan includes moderate amounts of fat, fruits, and vegetables—and fewer carbohydrates. That’s the finding from a worldwide 10-year study of more than 125,000 people who completed food questionnaires. Contrary to popular belief, consuming more dietary fat—about 35 percent of total calories—was associated with a lower risk of heart disease–related death compared with eating less fat than that. Meanwhile, a high-carb diet—with more than 60 percent of total calories from carb—was linked to a higher heart disease risk. (According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics, average American adults get close to 50 percent of their calories from carbs.) Surprisingly, the study didn’t find a greater risk of heart disease in those who consumed more saturated fat, although those who replaced saturated fat with unsaturated fats appeared slightly healthier. The study didn’t prove cause and effect, however.
Source: The Lancet, published online Aug. 29, 2017