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    Low-carb diets do not increase risk of coronary heart disease in women


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    Wednesday, March 21, 2007 3:03 am Email this article
    "[D]iets lower in carbohydrate and higher in protein and fat are not associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease in women," a new study Harvard concludes. Low-Carb Diets

    Women eating a low-carb diet no more likely to get heart disease

    The one-tenth of women consuming the most animal protein, animal fat, but the least amount of carbohydrates were 6 percent less likely to get coronary heart disease over a 20-year period of time than the one-tenth of women consuming the most carbohydrates, however, the difference was not statistically significant.

     

    Vegetables

    Vegetables protect against protein

    However, vegetables were protective against coronary heart disease.

    The one-tenth of women consuming the most carbohydrates, fat and protein from vegetables were 30 percent less likely to get coronary heart disease over the 20-years compared to the one-tenth of women consuming the least vegetables.

     

    Subjects

    Subjects : 82,802 Nurses

    The study evaluated data from 82,802 women in the Nurses’ Health Study.

    REFERENCE

    Halton TL, Willett W, Liu S, Manson JE, Albert CM, Rexrode K, Hu F. Low-carbohydrate-diet score and the risk of coronary heart disease in women. N Engl J Med. 2006 Nov 9, 355(19):1991-2002.

    AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION

    Departments of Nutrition
    Harvard School of Public Health
    Boston, MA 02115, USA

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