"Our data suggest, however, that animal low-carbohydrate nutrition may be associated with a shorter overall life span and should be discouraged.
"If someone chooses a diet low in carbohydrates, the exchange of carbohydrates for more vegetable fats and proteins could actually promote healthy aging in the long term."
For the study, published in Lancet Public Health researchers followed 15,428 adults aged 45-64 over two decades from 1987.
The researchers discovered that from the age of 50, the average life expectancy was 83 years for people with moderate carbohydrate intake (50-55 percent of daily calories), which was four years longer than those with very low carbohydrate consumption ptie (less than 40 percent of the calories) that lived on average 79 years. carbohydrate intake (more than 70 percent of daily calories), lived to an average age of 82.
Researchers also found that replacing carbohydrates with proteins and fats from animal sources was associated with a higher risk of mortality than a moderate intake of carbohydrates, while replacing it with food-based plants was linked to a lower mortality risk
The authors speculated that Western foods that severely restrict carbohydrates often lead to increased consumption of animal proteins and fats, which can lead to inflammation, biological aging and oxidative stress. 19659006] Catherine Collins, a dietitian in the UK National Health Service, said: "No aspect of nutrition is fought so hard on social media than the carbohydrate versus fat debate, despite the long-term information on health benefits in support of the higher-level car-bargon." 19659006] "Yet supporters of the Low Carb High Fat Eating cult will undoubtedly not agree with this latest research. Such an attitude is at odds with advice from the WHO and government health authorities that recommend intake of carbohydrates to provide half of our daily calorie needs. "
Prof. Nita Forouhi, of the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge, added:" This finding is on-the-spot in compliance with the Public Health England dietary guidelines in the United Kingdom. "