Low carb diet rich in vegetables good for the heart

November 15, 2006 in Heart Health, Nutrition Topics in the News

Low carb diet rich in vegetables good for the heart

Researchers from Harvard have found that low carb diets rich in vegetables may lower the risk of heart disease by up to 30 percent. Researchers also found that traditional low carb diets, rich in animal protein may not actually raise the risk of heart disease, despite previous reports.

Researchers used data from the Nurses Health Study to examine the effects of diet on heart disease risk of over 82,000 women over a 20 year period. Researchers found that when vegetable sources of fat and protein were chosen instead of animal sources, the low-carb diet was associated with a 30 percent lower risk.

These findings were published in the New England Journal of Medicine (Vol. 355, pp. 1991-2002).

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