New Research Compares High-Fat, Low-Carb Diets

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Is the key to healthy living cutting carbs or trimming fat?

A pair of new reports finds Paleo dieters and their carb-cutting caveman forebears might be onto something.

Researchers who studied more than 135,000 people across 18 countries and five continents have associated high-carb diets with higher risk of death.

On the flip side, higher fat consumption was associated with a lower risk of death.

Study author Mahshid Dehghan of McMaster University said, “Our findings may explain why certain populations such as South Asians, who do not consume much fat but consume a lot of carbohydrates, have higher mortality rates.”

But moderation is key.

The reports, published Aug. 29 in The Lancet, found the lowest risk of death among people who ate three to four servings of fruits, veggies and legumes a day. More servings did not necessarily lead to more benefits.

While robust, this new research is not definitive, and experts say more research is needed.