New Study Finds Carbohydrates Don’t Affect Weight Loss
Still scared of a diet that includes carbs? Think again! A new study led by University of Stellenbosch found that a person can lose weight regardless of whether they follow a low or high carb diet. The study, was conducted on 3,209 overweight people, some of whom had health conditions such as diabetes. The researchers concluded that there was no difference in weight loss between those who consumed carbs and those who did not. After analyzing the data provided by the study, the researchers stated, “It is plausible that these low carbohydrate diets could be harmful, especially over the longer term.”
This is not the first time that experts have dis-credited the idea that low carb diets can help with weight loss There is an overwhelming amount of evidence that low-carb diets may not be the best choice when it comes to weight loss. We’ve pulled some quick facts from the Dietitians of Canada:
- Carbohydrate foods like pasta and grains contain vitamins and minerals like calcium, vitamin C, folic acid, potassium and magnesium. Our bodies need a substantial amount of these to function properly
- Carbohydrates are an important source of fiber which has many health benefits. Fiber helps to maintain blood sugar, reduces cholesterol and supports good bowel functions.
- Iron is found in many carbohydrate rich foods- and when you omit iron from your diet, your cells cannot get proper oxygen.
- Carbohydrates provide a slow release of energy, meaning you will stay full longer. When you cut out carbs from your diet, you’ll find yourself craving more food throughout the day.
It is important to follow a well-rounded diet to live a happy, healthy and long life. Still confused about which diet would be the best fit for you? Visit our Nutrition Page to find out more about how pasta and carbohydrates fit into different types of diets.