Could low-carb and low-fat diets be dangerous?

A new study looks at popular diets and how they could be linked to a higher mortality rate.
2:29 | 01/22/20

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Thank you so much, will. Now to a health alert. A new study takes a look at the dangers of popular low carbnd low fat diets and how they could be linked to a higher mortality rate. Dr. Jen Ashton is back with that in our second hour and, doc, tell us about the study. Are they all created equally? This study did a deep dive on that and came out in Jama and looked at over 37,000 people and gave them food questionnaires and looked at the quality of those diets. Were they healthy or unhealthy those are their descriptive terms and then tracked their associated death rate and what they found overall low carb, low fat diets no connection with death rate, however, if they were unhealthy low fat or low carb diet, higher death rate. If they were healthy that means things like low saturated fat, higher whole grain, fruits and vegetables when talking about carbs they had a lower death rate so pretty commonsense stuff but really important information. You know, but you have a degree in nutrition. What are the pros and cons of eating like this. This is not one size fits all and people get empassed about it because they're attached to the way their diet is. Take low carb diets which are very popular now effective for weight loss and can help prevent weight gain and reduces belly fat that produces inflammation and have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease. When you look at the macro nutrients it's important what you're eating and the cons of that type of food, it can lack the healthy carbs like fruits and vegetables which are loaded with fiber. If you're eating low carb but high saturated fat, that is not But it seems like there's always conflicting data. Somebody is just fed up with. What do I do? I'll come and cook for you. You'll really starve then. Listen, this is what I tell people when I counsel them on nutrition, take a look at what you're about to eat and ask yourself, is this a fat, a carb or a protein? Those are the three groups. When you answer that and of course some things are more than one ask yourself what is this food doing for my body? If you're looking at a fat that's helpful for cell membrane, protein building muscle, carb, that is fuel, if you do not burn that fuel, you will store it as fat. When you ask yourself those questions it's pretty easy to know what you should or shouldn't eat. I need to clean out my refrigerator. Thank you very much for that. Now over to

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