Replacing carbs with wrong food could shorten life

A study shows that the risk of early death went up for those who had swopped carbs for more animal-based protein and fat, but those who went for plant-based protein and fat lived longer. This turned out to be the case at all levels of carb intake, su
A study shows that the risk of early death went up for those who had swopped carbs for more animal-based protein and fat, but those who went for plant-based protein and fat lived longer. This turned out to be the case at all levels of carb intake, suggesting that it is the type of foods chosen, rather than the amount of carbohydrates, that matters most.PHOTO: A-SHA DRY NOODLE

Opt instead for higher-fibre carbs like greens and fruit, and get protein from plant foods

Have you been living a low-carb life? Diets that switch carbohydrates for protein or fat - think Atkins, South Beach, paleo, keto - are popular largely based on claims that they lead to weight loss and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes.

However, new research suggests that replacing carbs with animal fat and protein, as most low-carb diets do, is linked to a shorter life span.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 25, 2018, with the headline 'Replacing carbs with wrong food could shorten life'. Print Edition | Subscribe