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[IP] Protein Diets

Talking about all of this, I was looking a MSN on line this morning and saw
this article.
-- Sherry

Thursday, November 11, 1999 
Diet & Nutrition
Protein vs. Pasta
Elizabeth Somer, M.A., R.D. 
Is it true that high-protein diets are better for your health, for reducing
weight and for increasing athletic performance than a diet that's high in
complex carbohydrates?
While the latest fad in diet books slams carbohydrates in praise of protein,
there is no scientific evidence to support these claims. The proof of any
theory lies in the weight of the scientific evidence. And when it comes to
claims that pasta is fattening or that the right mix of protein and fat
alters metabolism in favor of athletic performance, the evidence is sorely
The Real Problem
Rather, studies repeatedly show that more Americans are overweight today
because they eat too many calories and too much fat and exercise too little
-- carbohydrates are not to blame.
Keep in mind that a century ago a sedentary person was defined as someone
who was intensely active for less than three hours every day! Americans now
praise themselves if they exercise for 30 minutes three times a week.
Uncovering the Hype
When people lose weight on high-protein or low-carbohydrate fad diets, it's
because the dieters limited their food intake, which means they cut
calories. Most fad diets -- from Sugar Busters to The Zone -- supply about
1,200 calories or less a day. That said, you would lose weight on any diet
when you eat so few calories.
Actually, there is nothing new about these high-protein diets. They cycle
around about every 20 years, and leave people no lighter in the long-run,
but instead at higher risk for developing kidney stones and osteoporosis.
The Best Diet
In contrast, thousands of scientific studies, spanning decades of research,
show that diets rich in carbohydrate foods lower your risk for chronic
diseases. Eating carbohydrates such as whole grains and legumes and fruits
and vegetables is the best way to attain and maintain a desirable weight,
maximize athletic performance and help yourself live longer and healthier.
Unless future studies uncover some hidden dark side to carbohydrates
(something close to a miracle), these foods will remain some of the best
foods in your diet, as long as they are minimally processed and accompanied
by low-fat choices.
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