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Low-carbohydrate diet better than low-fat for cholesterol and triglycerides – National Low-Carb Lifestyle | Examiner.com

November 19, 2012

The health benefits of a low-carbohydrate diet over a low-fat diet have, yet again, been confirmed in a recent meta-analysis published in the October issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology out on Oct. 19.

Researchers from Tulane University studied the effects of two diets on metabolic risk factors such as weight, total cholesterol, LDL and HDL cholesterol and triglycerides.

They found that while both diets resulted in weight loss of approximately the same amount, the low-carbohydrate diet more effectively reduced triglycerides, or the amount of fat in the blood and increased the amount of high-density lipoproteins or HDL cholesterol which is considered to be the ‘good’ type of cholesterol, not the plaque-forming kind. Participants following the low-carbohydrate diet experienced a slightly, but statistically significantly lower reduction in total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein or LDL cholesterol.

The study concluded that low-carbohydrate diets are at least as effective as low-fat diets at reducing weight and improving metabolic risk factors. The researchers also recommended that low-carbohydrate diets could be recommended to obese people with abnormal metabolic risk factors for the purpose of weight loss.

via Low-carbohydrate diet better than low-fat for cholesterol and triglycerides – National Low-Carb Lifestyle | Examiner.com.

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