These days there’s been a lot of noise in the media (see Telegraph, CBC, Irish Times, PBS …) about the research findings that high-carb diets are killing us! The study, presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress and published in The Lancet, is unequivocal about the global dietary guidelines: they should be reconsidered and changed!
A large international group of researchers recruited a cohort of more than 135,000 participants aged between 35 and 70 years old from 18 countries (including “non-Western” locations which usually get excluded from observational studies like this). It all started in 2003 and ended ten years later. Using a set of research tools like food frequency questionnaires they came to many interesting conclusions, among them:
● high carbohydrate intake was associated with higher risk of total mortality;
● total fat and individual types of fat were related to lower total mortality;
● total fat and types of fat were not associated with cardiovascular disease, myocardial infarction, or cardiovascular disease mortality;
● whereas saturated fat had an inverse association with stroke.
As has been a custom in the recent years, the group of Canadian scientists is calling for reconsideration of global dietary guidelines should be reconsidered in light of these findings (Dehghan et al., 2017).
DEHGHAN, M. et al. 2017. Associations of fats and carbohydrate intake with cardiovascular disease and mortality in 18 countries from five continents (PURE): a prospective cohort study. The Lancet, vol., no., pp.
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