- Currently, dietary guidelines recommend that between 50 and 65 per cent of our daily calorie intake should be made up of carbohydrates.
- But now, health experts are calling for an overhaul of these guidelines as a new observational study has found that a diet high in carbs can increase the risk of premature death, when compared to a low carb diet.
- The same study also found that consuming a high fat diet resulted in a 23 per cent lower risk of early death!
We’ve known for a while that fat isn’t the enemy anymore. But now, new research has further highlighted just how beneficial fat can be for our health!
After studying 135,000 people from 18 countries across five continents, it has been concluded that a high intake of carbohydrates is linked to an increased risk of mortality.
It’s not all morbid though! What’s even more interesting is that the same study found that the consumption of fat (from a variety of sources) was not associated with cardiovascular disease, heart attacks or death from these causes. In fact, a high fat diet resulted in a 23 per cent lower risk of death when compared to a low fat diet, and the consumption of saturated fat was inversely linked to risk of stroke.
The bottom line is that health experts agree it may be time for a refresh of the worldwide dietary guidelines. Food for thought?
Do you think dietary guidelines need to be amended in light of this new research?