After following and analysing the lives of 420,000 people across the globe for 25 years, the researchers discovered that a diet that has too many, or too few carbs, can result in an increased risk of mortality. That is, you could die earlier. However, those that ate carbs in moderation had longer life spans.
People who gained around 50 per cent of their daily calories from carbs had the least risk of premature death, while researchers found diets that were low carb and high in animal protein and fat presented the highest risk of premature death.
The study also discovered that people who ate a low-carb diet and replaced carbohydrates with proteins and fats from plant sources had a lower risk of premature death to people who replace carbs with animal proteins and fats, which is good news for those of us who are vegetarian or vegan.
The study found that when people try to reduce the amount of carbs they are eating they tend to lower the amount of vegetables, fruit and grains they are eating in favour of animal-based protein such as chicken. However, animal proteins and fats can contribute to biological ageing, inflammation and increase your risk of dying earlier. So, it might be time to replace some of those meaty dishes with healthy vegetables, fruits and grains.
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