If you only eat meat, vegetables and nuts, you will probably lose weight, but you feel suicidal in the bargain. Most low-carbohydrate diets do not allow cookies, bread or the worst of all, beer.
A new investigation in The Lancet might make you a lot less guilty about that beer donut you just swallowed while standing in front of the TV.
The research was not done with a small number of participants over the course of a few weeks – it seemed like a mass of data dating back to the 1980s to draw some interesting conclusions about that male diet of steaks garnished with more steak with an egg and bacon on the side. Turns out that you mainly like meat or that it is all about a cake, you are equally separated.
Researchers have found that both "high and low percentages of carbohydrate feeds were associated with increased mortality, with minimal risk observed at 50-55% intake of carbohydrates."
However, a diet with "low-carbohydrate dietary patterns that favor animal protein and fat sources, from sources such as lamb, beef, pork and chicken," is more likely to kill.
Here's the interesting part: those who manage to consume protein and fat by eating "vegetables, nuts, peanut butter and wholemeal bread". lived longer.
Researchers concluded that "the source of food in particular changes the association between intake of carbohydrates and mortality."
It comes down to the same old wisdom that Grandpa handed out when he was not sleeping in his deckchair: everything in moderation. Including sirloin steak and Boston cream pie.