Do Low Carb Diets Hurt Your Arteries? Increase Risk of Death? (article)

Every day patients come in and share their “fear” of carbohydrates, especially when dealing with weight issues. They think going on a ” low carbohydrate” diet is the answer. Sometimes it’s impossible to talk to people about it because they are so “brainwashed” into thinking carbs are bad. In this study low carbohydrate diets were found to reduce “flow mediated dilation”, a sign of dysfunction of the inner lining of the artery called the endothelium. If the endothelium gets damaged we get blood vessel injury, heart disease or other blood vessel diseases.

One of the longest living, healthiest and most well studied cultures in the world, the “Okinawan Centenarians” have the majority of their calories come from carbohydrates. So carbs can’t be all bad.

There is one simple rule for carbs, eat them in their whole state – the whole grain; beans, lentils and peas; yams, sweet potatoes and potatoes (whole with skin); squash; whole fruit and vegetables – When you do this you keep a lower glycemic index; you get more fiber and bulk; you get more protective phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals; and you avoid the added fats and sugars that are always added to a processed carbohydrate.

…It’s simple. Eat unprocessed carbs that you know you are not sensitive (allergic/intolerant) to.

Low Carb Diets and Coronary Blood Flow (video: 4:17 min)

Low-carbohydrate diets impair flow-mediated dilatation:Evidence from a systematic review and meta-analysis.

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