Moderate fat intake is better than high-carbohydrate diet, says research
For a long time science has led us to believe that carbohydrate consumption is better for the body than fat intake. So far so good. However, a survey of more than 135,000 people on five continents has shown that a diet that includes moderate intake of fats, fruits and vegetables and reduces carbohydrate consumption may lead to a lower risk of death. published in the scientific journal The Lancet and produced by researchers at the Population Health Research Institute, McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences.
For the study, the scientists analyzed the eating habits of people from 18 countries through questionnaires, for 7 years.
In analyzing the data, the researchers found that, contrary to scientific data, fats are not associated with a greater number of cardiovascular diseases, but with a lower number of deaths. The researchers note that although these results may seem surprising, there is a basis for this theory. According to them, a decrease in fat intake automatically led to an increase in carbohydrate intake and findings could explain why certain populations, such as South Asians, that do not consume too much fat but that consume many carbohydrates have higher mortality rates .
They point out that the known guidelines for healthy eating are aimed at reducing the consumption of saturated fats. However, it is not taken into account how saturated fat is replaced in the diet.
It is too soon to say whether moderate consumption of fats is less harmful to health than carbohydrate intake. What experts recommend is moderate consumption, regardless of what type of food.
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