There's been a few articles in the news lately about a study that "proves" low carb is dangerous and causes plaque build up: www.dlife.com/diabetes-news/2009/08/lowcar
Well Jimmy and others have more to say about it:www.examiner.com/examiner/x-867-LowCarb-Li
And here's what the Metabolism Society has to say:
"Researchers use mutant mice genetically engineered to be susceptible to heart disease to 'prove' carbohydrate restricted diets may harm arteries.
Defects in ApoE -/- result in defects in processing blood cholesterol.
As human studies continue to show the benefits of low carbohydrate diets and the general failure of low-fat diets, it is necessary for the nutritional establishment to find more and more obscure methods of attacking dietary carbohydrate restriction.
One method is to prepare mutant animal models, to use odd diet that humans would never consume, call them low carbohydrate diets and then show some deficit. Because mice are not generally susceptible to atherosclerosis, it was necessary for Foo and coworkers to use an ApoE-/- mutant and a ridiculously high protein diet to vilify low carbohydrate diets which have been a useful alternative for many people suffering from obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
In keeping with the traditions in scientific of research, the authors do not cite the numerous studies showing benefit of low carbohydrate diets compared to the low fat diet that has been in place during the obesity and diabetes epidemic. That the NIH and other government agencies continue to fund this kind of biased research is probably a minor political problem in health care but should still be of concern to people who are confused about what their diet should be.
According to Dr. Richard D. Feinman, Biochemistry Professor at Downstate Medical Center in NY, "It is a mistake to consider one experiment in a mouse mutant over riding the scientific literature where similar research trials on actual human beings clearly show benefit of carbohydrate restriction for all markers of metabolic syndrome. For some reason these studies are not the ones picked up by the media. I suppose actual advances in science aren't s hot topics for headline news stories when it concerns the proven benefits of carbohydrate restriction.""
So....if you are a genetically altered mouse watch your diet....otherwise enjoy!!
I really like Jimmy's article as he's contacted several low carb experts. And HyperLipid gives a great explanation of the mice used.
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