Good news for those who love carbohydrates and are not too interested in staying away from saturated fat. According to extensive Australian research, they protect against the risk of heart attack. A study of 10,000 Australian women, who were followed for 15 years and whose carbohydrate intake accounted for 41-44% of their diet, found that their risk of heart disease was lower. those who consume lower levels of carbohydrates.
The study adds growing evidence that ‘historical’ health recommendations aimed at avoiding saturated fats are misleading. “Maybe – writes Sarah Zaman of the University’s Cardiovascular Research Center – we’ve made saturated fats a little too much of a devil. Now we’re proving there’s no detectable link to heart disease.” Women who have between 41 and 44 percent carbohydrates in their diets have a 44 percent reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.
Those who ate too much or too little carbohydrate were less healthy. Eating moderate amounts of carbohydrates reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes by 79% and the risk of hypertension and obesity by 86-99%. The findings contradict many historical epidemiological studies that support the link between saturated fat and cardiovascular disease. In contrast, recent meta-analyzes confirm that saturated fats have nothing to do with overall mortality or cardiovascular disease. Although the cause of this discrepancy is not known in the medical literature, past studies have suggested that it may have overlooked the role of fibers in helping to prevent plaque buildup in the arteries.
Time adds: “Evidence shows that we need to pay more attention to specific nutrients and to the diet as a whole.” “The best diet is a diet that combines healthy proteins such as grains, vegetables and fruits, fish, legumes, nuts and seeds, tasteless milk and yogurt. We still recommend focusing on healthy fat options.” (ALA).
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