It’s the bane in Spain, anyway
A new study by researchers at Spain’s Rovira i Virgili University has concluded that persons who are considered to be at high risk for developing heart disease, especially those who are also overweight, should avoid Atkins-style diets that emphasize heavy protein intake and low consumption of carbohydrates. An analysis of data that tracked the health of high-risk individuals for nearly five years found that those who ate lots of protein and few carbs were not only twice as likely to gain weight -- more than ten percent of their initial body weight, on average -- than those on a balanced diet, but were also 59 percent more likely to die during the study period. And high-protein-low-carb dieters who also limited their intake of fats were 66 percent more likely to die.
Supplement with Omega-3s and B12
Vegans may be at risk for developing blood clots and atherosclerosis, conditions that can lead to stroke and heart attacks. This is according to a new review of articles published over the past 30 years on the biochemistry of vegetarianism that appears in the ACS’ Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry. Although meat eaters are known for having more cardiovascular risks than vegetarians, vegans’ diets may be lacking in key nutrients including iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids. Vegans may have a higher level of homocysteine in their blood as well as lower levels of LDL, both of which are risk factors for heart disease. The review recommends that vegetarians and vegans consume salmon, eggs, nuts and fortified milk and to use dietary supplements.