Moderate carbs best

Too many: One year of your life lost, too few: Four years of your life lost.

A recent study and meta-analysis of nearly half a million people throughout the world, looking at data collected over five to 29 years, shows current nutrition recommendations of 50-55 per cent energy from carbs is indeed the best for health.

Researchers found choosing a plant-based fat and protein low-carb diet was the only type of low-carb diet that, didn’t result in increased all-cause mortality, whereas cutting carbs and replacing them with animal fat and protein increased the risk of death.

Getting over 65 per cent of energy from eating carbs was also potentially life shortening, but to a lesser degree.

The Lancet, August 2018

First published: Oct 2018

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