A study revealed that those who ate a low-carb diet (with less than 40 % of daily calories coming from carbs) or a high-carb diet (with more than 70 % of daily calories coming from carbs) were more likely to die during the study period, compared with those who ate a moderate-carb diet, with about 50 to 55 percent of their calories coming from carbohydrates.
The study involved more than 15,000 Americans who were tracked for a quarter of a century, found that
The researchers based on the findings, estimated that from age 50, people who consumed a moderate-carb diet would have a life expectancy that was about four years longer than those who consumed a very low-carb diet (with an average life expectancy of 83 years for moderate-carb eaters versus 79 years for very low-carb eaters).
But it wasn’t all bad news for people following low-carb diets. In the second part published in the journal The Lancet Public Health, the researchers examined the effect of replacing carbohydrates with either animal-based or plant-based protiens or fats. They found that low-carb diets that involved people consuming animal-based proteins and fats were linked with a greater risk of early death, but low-carb diets that involved people consuming plant-based proteins and fats were linked with a reduced risk of early death.
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