Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Low carb diets like Atkins 'better for blood pressure'

Ooooh check out the BBC with their crazy notion that there are other benefits to a LC diet along with (excellent) fat-loss:
  • A low-carbohydrate diet like Atkins is better at cutting blood pressure than weight-loss pills, say US doctors.

    Twice as many people on the low-carb diet lowered their blood pressure compared to those taking the drug, orlistat.
This story has also been picked up by the usual suspects (Conditioning Research and John Briffa amongst others). But the reach of the BBC is what is crucial here.

Next to this story is another one that suggests low carb diets can damage arteries. Oh, silly me, I meant "Next to this story is another one that suggests low carb diets can damage arteries in MICE". Damaged mice.

So the message is clear. If you are a human and you are reading this blog - you might want to adopt a paleo diet to improve body composition and arterial health. If you are a mouse reading this story, low carb may not be appropriate for you.

Oh and if you are considering taking a pill to lose weight you might want to read this story. I am not questioning weight loss pills per se, simply the robustness of testing employed my pharmaceutical companies in the pursuit of profit in the very lucrative field of weight management.

There is such a thing as a free lunch. Boringly, it simply involves eating REAL food. No counting of calories, no branding, no gimmicks, no copyrights, no patents. No interest from business in this approach then!

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