Introduction to High Protein Diets
High protein, low-carbohydrate diets were all the rage in the 1970's, as part of the campaign against refined sugar. Then, as more evidence emerged connecting fat with heart disease and some cancers, doctors began recommending starchy carbohydrates as the basis of sensible eating. Result? High protein diets vanished. Now, protein diets are once again high fashion.
The High Protein / Low Carb Claim
Certain high protein diets claim that carbohydrates make us fat. This is a little misleading. No one gets fat by eating carbohydrate-rich foods like bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, vegetables, cereals, beans and fruit and vegetables, unless they eat them by the car-load.
Yes, it's true that over-consumption of foods like: candy, chocolate, cookies, biscuits, sweets, cakes etc., all of which are high in refined carbohydrates, will lead to weight gain and will cause health problems. But no one needs to eat a high protein / low carb diet to avoid these foods. Any balanced diet will do the job just as well, without any of the health risks.
What You Eat on a High Protein / Low Carb Diet
There are various versions of this high protein, low carbohydrate diet. However, most recommend large quantities of protein in unrestricted amounts, including red meat, fish, shellfish, poultry, eggs, and cheese. They forbid (or limit) pasta, bread, potatoes, fruit, many vegetables, plus any foods with large amounts of refined sugar.
High Protein / Low Carb
Furthermore, it is worth remembering that the dietary guidelines laid down by the World Cancer Research Fund contradict almost all the recommendations in many high protein diets, with the exception of those concerning refined sugar.
Finally, high protein eating is also discouraged by most nutritionists who advocate a balanced diet with more fruit & vegetables and less meat.
High Protein / Low Carb
Interestingly, the average annual US consumption of wheatflour has fallen by 10 pounds per person, since 1997. Yet obesity rates continue to soar.
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