Low-Carb Dieting as told by Dr. Michael Greger
Should we go on a low carb diet? Will it improve our health?
Low-carbohydrate diets or low-carb diets are dietary programs that restrict carbohydrate consumption, often for the treatment of obesity or diabetes. Foods high in easily digestible carbohydrates (e.g., sugar, bread, pasta) are limited or replaced with foods containing a higher percentage of fats and moderate protein (e.g., meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, eggs, cheese, nuts, and seeds) and other foods low in carbohydrates (e.g., most salad vegetables such as spinach, kale, chard and collards), although other vegetables and fruits (especially berries) are often allowed. The amount of carbohydrate allowed varies with different low-carbohydrate diets.
Such diets are sometimes ‘ketogenic’ (i.e., they restrict carbohydrate intake sufficiently to cause ketosis). The induction phase of the Atkins diet is ketogenic.
The term “low-carbohydrate diet” is generally applied to diets that restrict carbohydrates to less than 20% of caloric intake, but can also refer to diets that simply restrict or limit carbohydrates to less than recommended proportions (generally less than 45% of total energy coming from carbohydrates).
Follow along as Dr. Michael Greger shares what he has learned from his research.
Michael Herschel Greger is an American physician, author, and professional speaker on public health issues, particularly the benefits of a whole foods, plant-based, healthy diet and the harms of eating animal products. He is a vegan and creator of NutritionFacts.org.
In his lectures, videos, and writings about nutrition he tries to persuade people to change their eating habits from a Western pattern diet to a whole foods, plant-based, healthy diet—optimally to vegan diet—and says that such a diet can prevent and reverse many chronic diseases. He is critical of other doctors for not challenging their patients to adopt plant-based diets and to avoid animal-based products and criticizes the US government for giving watered-down advice about healthy eating in its guidelines, in order to protect the economic interests of food producers—especially those who make junk food or produce animal-based food.
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Links You May Enjoy:
How Not To Die – http://nutritionfacts.org/book/
Dangers? – https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/2011/08/the-hidden-dangers-of-a-low-carbohydrate-diet/
Livestrong – http://www.livestrong.com/article/85441-negative-side-effects-lowcarb-diet/
Consumer Reports – http://www.consumerreports.org/diet-nutrition/truth-about-a-high-protein-low-carb-diet/
Live Science = http://www.livescience.com/52769-low-carb-diet-facts.html