A new population study found that adults who consumed a moderate amount of carbohydrates had a lower than average risk of early death, while those eating either a low-carb or a high-carb diet had an increased risk. What’s more, for people on lower-carb diets, the source of protein and fat mattered. With so many of today’s popular weight-loss diets replacing carbs with protein or fat, this is important news. Those people on lower-carb diets who consumed more plant sources of protein and fat (such as beans, lentils, and nuts) had a lower risk of early death, while those who ate more animal sources (such as meat and cheese) had a higher risk. Like all population studies, this research shows a correlation but doesn’t prove cause and effect. It does, however, add to the already abundant research on the power of plant foods, which tend to offer an array of nutrients and health benefits. Lentils and beans, for instance, are a fantastic source of not only protein and carbohydrate but also fiber, which is essential for good health. Aim for balance and focus on the quality of the foods you eat.
Source: Dietary carbohydrate intake and mortality: a prospective cohort study and meta-analysis
“The diet, to be healthy, has to be mostly beans, nuts and seeds.” Joel Furhman