High protein and low carbohydrate diets 'are bad for health'

27 June 2012

A diet which is high in protein but very low in carbohydrates puts people at risk of developing heart problems in later life.

This is the main finding of a new study conducted by Greek and Swedish researchers based at the University of Athens, which puts the Atkins diet under the microscope.

Such a plan encourages people to pursue meal plans, like the typical one of eggs and bacon for breakfast, a chicken salad for lunch and fish and broccoli for dinner.

However, the researchers found that large amounts of protein and little carbohydrate increases the risk of suffering a heart attack or a stroke by more than a quarter.

Instead, the study group encourages people to pursue a balanced diet which also includes potatoes, bread, rice and pasta.

Victoria Taylor, senior dietician at the British Heart Foundation, said: "'Don't feel you have to choose between carbohydrates or protein. Eating a mixture of all food groups, rather than cutting anything out completely, will help you to stay healthy inside and out."

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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