Carbs More Highly Associated with Diabetes & Heart Disease Than Saturated Fats

Traditionally, doctors recommend individuals avoid foods high in saturated fat, including butter, cheese, meat and cream. However, guidelines may be changing.  Researchers from Ohio States University suggest carbohydrates may have a stronger link to diabetes risk than foods high in saturated fats.

The study took place over 18 weeks with a group of adults displaying three of more risk factors for diabetes and/or heart disease. The group began with a diet high in saturated fats and low in carbohydrates, which slowly reversed over the time period. The plan spanned from 84 grams of saturated fat and 47 grams of carbohydrtates to 32 grams of saturated fat and 346 grams of carbohydrates. Participants also consumed 130 grams of protein. The level of carbohydrates consumed reached a maximum of 55 percent of daily intake- the average amount consumed my Americans. In the end, participants lost about 20 lbs and showed improvements in metabolic factors, including bloor pressure and insulin.

We had people eat two times more saturated fat than they had been eating before entering the study, yet when we measured saturated fat in their blood, it went down in the majority of people. Other traditional risk markers improved, as well.”- Jeff Volek, professor of human sciences at Ohio State University.

The study, published on the university website on November 21, found that saturated fat does not increase your risk of heart disease and diabetes. However, a diet high in carbohydrates increases the production of fatty acid that is linked to different metabolic disorders. However, Naveed Sttar, professor of metabolic medicine at the University of Glasgow, says the best way to stay healthy is have a plan and stick to it.

Current evidence favors folk taking less refined carbohydrate and less saturated fat. Evidence also suggests that if one is interested in losing weight, it does not matter what type if diet one undertakes – low fat vs low carbohydrate so long as one sticks to diet so they key is for folk to find a diet or diet mix they can sustain and enjoy.”


Read more here- “High Fat Diets Not as Dangerous as High Carbohydrates Plans, Claims Scientists,” (Sarah Knapton, The Daily Telegraph)

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Olivia is a graduate of Villanova University where she studied Economics and History, minoring in Gender and Women's Studies. She also has experience working with federal legislatures on health care policy, women's issues, and Internet safety.


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