Eating Carbs moderately Will Let You Live Longer

 

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Eating Carbs in Moderation May Help You Live Longer. While a low-carb diet might be beneficial for weight loss — a 2018 study found overweight dieters who cut their carbohydrate intake lost an average of 13 pounds — cutting carbs could also cut years from your life. The researchers estimated that from age 50, people eating a moderate-carb diet would live another 33 years, four years longer than those with very low carb consumption, and one year longer than. The researchers estimated that people who ate a moderate amount of carbohydrates at age 50 had a life expectancy of around 83, compared to 82 for high-carb eaters and 79.

It may not sound as sexy, but eating carbohydrates in moderation may be best for boosting longevity, a large new study suggests. Eating carbohydrates in moderation seems to be optimal for health and living a long life, research has found. The study, published in the Lancet Public Health journal, says low-carb diets are popular in Europe and the US, where the research was carried out.

The researchers estimated that from age 50, people eating a moderate-carb diet would live another 33 years, four years longer than those with very low carb consumption, and one year longer than. If you are a carb-lover, here’s some good news for you: eating carbohydrates may help you live longer according to recent studies. Here at Bright Side, we were very impressed with the news, and we can’t wait to try the “longevity diet”. Eating carbohydrates may explain the incredibly high life expectancy of people from Japan.

“A low-carb diet might help you lose weight in the beginning but, over the long-term, there is no benefit and there might even be significant risks,” Blake says. Instead, Blake recommends eating everything in moderation, including carbohydrates, and making sure to opt for complex over refined sources. Eating Some Carbs, But Not Too Many, Could Help You Live Longer, Study Suggests By Rachael Rettner August 17, 2018 Eating carbohydrates in moderation may be best for boosting longevity.

However he isn’t convinced we know enough for us all to start eating a low-carb diet. ‘The exact role of insulin in health and ageing is a promising and fascinating area,’ he says.

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Unfortunately, human beings have not evolved to metabolize the highly processed carbohydrates so predominant in our current diet.These processed and refined carbs slow down our metabolism and contribute to every one of the major diseases associated with aging, including diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and cancer.

“Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss” by Mark Hyman
from Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss
by Mark Hyman
Scribner, 2006

It is true that too much salt and too many fatty or sweet foods contribute to a variety of diseases, but nutritionists do not always agree on the best diet for promoting a long life.

“Dying, Death, and Bereavement” by Lewis R. Aiken
from Dying, Death, and Bereavement
by Lewis R. Aiken
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Eating fewer carbohydrates can increase health and longevity.

“Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health & Life” by Ben Greenfield
from Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health & Life
by Ben Greenfield
Victory Belt Publishing, 2017

But, all other factors being equal, if you eat healthy foods and forgo processed foods and foods high in trans fats, sugars, and additives, your chance for a longer, healthier life does improve.

“Eating Clean For Dummies” by Jonathan Wright, Linda Larsen
from Eating Clean For Dummies
by Jonathan Wright, Linda Larsen
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This philosophy is echoed by Dr. James Morton who says, “Carbs are still king on race day.”

“Peak: The New Science of Athletic Performance That is Revolutionizing Sports” by Marc Bubbs
from Peak: The New Science of Athletic Performance That is Revolutionizing Sports
by Marc Bubbs
Chelsea Green Publishing, 2019

Diets low in saturated fats and high in fruits, vegetables, and high-fiber carbohydrates appear to be safe and effective for maintaining weight and health (Harnack et al., 2002) and may directly benefit some cancers (Eyre et al., 2004).

“Nutritional Oncology” by David Heber, George L. Blackburn, Vay Liang W. Go, John Milner
from Nutritional Oncology
by David Heber, George L. Blackburn, et. al.
Elsevier Science, 2011

Therefore, athletes should concentrate on consuming more food when carbohydrates constitute the main energy source.

“Advanced Sports Nutrition” by Dan Benardot
from Advanced Sports Nutrition
by Dan Benardot
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Although not all people have success with these diets and despite arguments that they may not be healthy, low-carb dieting has resulted in a widely held rhetorical vision: that foods high in carbohydrates lead to weight gain, but that low-carb eating can be a healthy way to maintain a person’s ideal body weight.

“Rhetorical Theory: An Introduction, Second Edition” by Timothy Borchers, Heather Hundley
from Rhetorical Theory: An Introduction, Second Edition
by Timothy Borchers, Heather Hundley
Waveland Press, 2018

This has enormous implications because many of these populations have traditionally consumed large amounts of carbohydrate, which was well tolerated as long they were lean and active, which may become deleterious in the background of lower activity and even modest amounts of weight gain.

“Preventive Nutrition: The Comprehensive Guide for Health Professionals” by Adrianne Bendich, Richard J. Deckelbaum
from Preventive Nutrition: The Comprehensive Guide for Health Professionals
by Adrianne Bendich, Richard J. Deckelbaum
Springer International Publishing, 2016

However, not eating enough carbohydrates, recommended by some ill-conceived reducing diets, can force the body to break down muscle tissue to supply energy necessary for life functions.

“Health and Wellness” by Gordon Edlin, Eric Golanty
from Health and Wellness
by Gordon Edlin, Eric Golanty
Jones & Bartlett Publishers, 2009

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  • if nature offers carbs in whole foods like fruits or vegetables, you probably need it. Youtube videos aren’t smarter than 4.6 billion years of evolution. Don’t go low carb go low processed sugar + calorie deficit instead!

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  • The idea of a keto nutrition plan is to become metabolically flexible. Meaning most people in this country have been eating so many carbs for so long that their body doesn’t know how to use fat. That is what kept people from starving during Hunter gatherer times. They would eat for a few days and then probably not eat again for a week or so. I guess you would call it forced intermittent fasting. Do you know anyone that can grow fruits vegetables and grains in the winter? The body used its own fat to run with nothing else was available. The point is not to never eat carbs again is to get the body into a state where it prefers fat. I still eat bread occasionally and I’ll eat pasta a couple of times a month. I’ve been doing it for over a year and a half. My glucose levels are back to normal. My high blood pressure which was 150/90 came down to 108/65. I lost 35 pounds and 5 inches off my waist. Another added benefit my acid reflux that I suffered with for a decade disappeared after two weeks. I haven’t even had heartburn in a year and a half. I was never a big guy no one in my family was. And I think the main thing that drove me to low-carb was looking at my family. The only disease that runs in my family on both sides is diabetes. They were poor farm people in Italy. Cheapest thing to grow and it was wheat. So they ate breads and pastas just about every day along with vegetables and meat. In that order. No heart attacks no cancers just diabetes. The men lived into their mid 80s the women into the mid 90s. All diabetic. in the last 10 or 15 years of their life they were sick. In fact my grandmother lost both of her legs to diabetes. What I believe is that when they were young their bodies handled the excess amount of carbs. They Worked hard their whole lives. Eventually their body broke down. I truly believe that most of them could’ve lived into the hundreds if they just turned it around. Vegetables, meat and carbs. That’s my theory and I’m sticking to it. I’m 68 on no medications work out with weighs, play tennis, have a 30 inch waist. I can run jump keep up with any 25-year-old that I play tennis with. And if I do reach into my 90s it’s not going to be in a wheelchair drooling in a bucket.

  • Lot of misinformation in this video and comments. I’m zero carb and I have more energy than I ever did before. I do not have bad breath. In fact zero carb can cause you to have fruity breath which I do. I do not get constipated either. Lots of stuff wrong here.

  • Done a keto diet for a month, already pretty lean but lost a few pounds overall, got more defined and still increased my weightlifting.
    I did experience some constipation the first 2 weeks or so, but that went away, and my hunger is down alot, so i don’t have hunger based on cravings, but on when i actually need to eat.
    I don’t see why so many push back on the idea, most low carb diets are success stories because they don’t involve starving yourself, and don’t impact your mental ability.

  • I’m on a low carb diet. Not a no-carb diet just a low carb diet. It is really working for me. Really flattened my belly. It was really tough at first and you’ll feel lethargic but after awhile you normalise and the body breaks down body fat for energy instead of needing a steady intake of carbs. It’s been 2 years now and It’s always kept me at my optimum weight level.

  • Before you try anything different let me tell you when you change your diet there’s a chance you can get what I have reactive low blood sugar and it is a horrible sickness it takes years to reverse and it’s not worth it to lose 30 40 and 50 pounds. So I’d say if you wanna lose weight cut out fake sugar instead of cake have fruit basically don’t have any baked goods try not to have any sugary drinks and exercise more other than that don’t change too much about your diet and don’t count calories your body needs a different amount of calories every day

  • Everyone think low carb is no carb. That is far from the truth. We still eat carbs but healthy ones, like some fruit, vegetables, brown rice etc and those should have a limit as well.

  • Carbs are healthy and are our friends. It’s meat eaters who stink. Especially those following a keto diet. Think about that for a second. All of that decaying flesh that you are consuming. It’s nasty and it makes you smell nasty on the inside and does major damage to your organs. Look up Dr. John McDougall, M.D. or Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, M.D. Both doctors has actually studied nutrition as well as medicine. And they will tell you how damaging a keto diet is to your body!

  • Oldest living populations in the world also eat the highest amount of carbohydrates in the diet. Okinawan’s eat almost 70% of their daily calories in carbohydrates.

  • I feel my best on keto and ive gone off several times. I do flax,chia,and green powders for added fiber and micro nutrients. When i dont do it i swell in my ankles,have irritable bowels and bladder pain and frequency.Sooo happy to have found low carb