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Does a Low-Carb Vegan Diet Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease?

Friday, May 30th, 2014

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Research published in the British Medical Journal Open concluded that in addition to weight loss, a specific low-carbohydrate vegan diet may reduce the risk of heart disease by 10 per cent over 10 years. If low-carb diets allow eating animal protein and fats they  may improve weight loss but raise cholesterol whereas diets high in vegetable proteins and oils may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering “bad cholesterol.” Researchers compared the Eco-Atkins diet, a low-carbohydrate vegan diet,  to a high-carbohydrate, low fat diet.  Researchers said “We designed a diet that combined both vegan and low-carbohydrate elements to get the weight loss and cholesterol-lowering benefits of both.”

Twenty three obese men and women completed the six month diet period. The subjects selected their own diet and could adjust it to their needs and preferences. They were given menu plans that outlined foods and amounts and alternatives for the foods listed. The food exchange list allowed the subjects to adapt the diet to their needs and facilitated adherence. Subjects were also encouraged to eat only 60% of their estimated daily caloric requirements-an amount that would maintain their current weight. The Eco-Atkins group aimed for a balance of 26% of their calories from carbohydrates, 31% from protein, and 43% from fat-primarily vegetable fat.  Results showed that the Eco-Atkins group reduced their cholesterol by 10% more  and also lost an average of four more pounds than the high carbohyrate group.