Food for Thought
The Low Carb Diet Debate
Low-Carb craze is taking a beating from critics, but dieters aren't
paying any attention...
wondering if a low-carbohydrate
diet is for you. The truth is, so are doctors and nutritionists.
There are several low-carb diet books on the shelves. All say
basically the same thingeat more protein and fewer carbs.
The idea behind a low-carb diet is that reduced
carbohydrate consumption decreases the body's blood sugar
levels, which then causes the body to produce less insulin. What's
the effect of this? This chemical reaction forces the body to
burn fat for energy. When fat is used as fuel, it cannot build
up and is burned off instead.
The problem, according to nutritionists from the American
Dietetic Association, is that there is no data to back this
up. It's opposite of everything doctors and medical professionals
know because such diets are unbalanced and rob the body of essential
nutrients from carbohydrate-laden healthy foods such as fruits,
vegetables and grains.
For this reason,
Duke University in Durham, N.C., put 41 obese patients on a diet
that included less than 20 grams of carbohydrates per day. Although
the study hasn't yet concluded, each patient lost an average of 21.3 pounds in
four months. They also showed an average of 6% drop in cholesterol. Kidney and liver
functions, to that point, were normal.
nutritionists call these diets nutritionally deficient and caution
that studies haven't been complete to prove that the low-carb
craze is safe. So why is the diet so popular? Dieters say that it works and, in fact, their
health problems seemed to have declined due to the diet.
While the low-carb diet is up for debate, you can't go wrong
with the old standby diet. If you reduce the number of calories
you consume each day and conduct regular exercise, you will probably
More about low carb diets around the Web:
- low carb news, reviews & recipes
Carb Diet at the Diet Channel