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Moderate Carbohydrate Consumption Linked With A Longer Life

August 22, 2018

In the world of weight control the dreaded "C" word may not be so bad after all. According to a new study, people who get about half of their total calories from carbohydrates may be at a lower risk of early death than those who follow either very high- or very low-carb diets. The researchers estimated that people who ate a moderate amount of carbohydrates at age 50 had a life expectancy of around 83, compared to 82 for high-carb eaters and 79 for low-carb eaters. Researchers zeroed in on associations between carbohydrate intake and mortality and found those who consumed more than 70% or less than 40% of their total calories from carbohydrates had a shorter life than those who drew between 50% and 55% of their caloric intake from carbs. As to the mortality rates, researcher believe those on the high end of the carb scale may be consuming large amounts of refined carbohydrates, which don’t have much nutritional value and may have consequences for weight and overall health. Those who don’t eat many carbs tend to reach for meat and dairy products instead, which may increase their risk of heart disease and death. Those in the middle may strike a better balance. All in all, the research suggests that eating carbs, at least in moderation, likely won’t derail your long-term health. But if you decide to slash starches, whether for weight loss or any other motivation, consider loading up on produce and plant-based proteins instead.


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