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Keto-Based Diets Cause Heart Disease?
« on: September 09, 2017, 06:21:56 pm »
Health experts agree, keto-based diets increase the risk of heart disease: 

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American Heart Association

As of 2015 the AHA stated categorically that it doesn’t recommend high-protein diet. It states: “The American Heart Association doesn’t recommend high-protein diets for weight loss. Some of these diets restrict healthful foods that provide essential nutrients and don’t provide the variety of foods needed to adequately meet nutritional needs. People who stay on these diets very long may not get enough vitamins and minerals and face other potential health risks.”[31]

A science advisory from the association further states the association’s position that these diets may be associated with increased risk for coronary heart disease.[32]Robert H. Eckel, past president, noted that a low-carbohydrate diet could potentially meet AHA guidelines if it conformed to the AHA guidelines for low fat content.[33]

Australian Heart Foundation

The position statement by the Heart Foundation regarding low-carbohydrate diets states: “the Heart Foundation does not support the adoption of VLCARB diets for weight loss.”[34] Although the statement recommends against use of low-carbohydrate diets, it explains their major concern is saturated fats as opposed to carbohydrate restriction and protein…

National Health Service (UK)

The consumer advice statements of the NHS regarding low-carbohydrate diets state that: “eating a high-fat diet could increase your risk of heart disease” and advises: “try to ensure starchy foods make up about a third of your diet”.[35]

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The HHS issues consumer guidelines for maintaining heart health which state regarding low-carbohydrate diets that they’re not the route to healthy, long-term weight management.[38]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low-carbohydrate_diet

Not only do keto-based diets increase the risk of heart disease, they are bad at math too:




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Re: Keto-Based Diets Cause Heart Disease?
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2017, 03:03:13 am »
While low-carb diet advocates are correct about avoiding simple carbohydrates like table sugar, low-fat diet advocates are correct about avoiding saturated fat and cholesterol as well. Saturated fat, cholesterol, and simple carbs are bad for our health, for various reasons.

Instead of going for an “extreme” diet, whether it be low-carb or low-fat, why not eat a diet that is based on the right kinds of fats and the right kinds of carbs? What matters more to our overall health is the sources of fats and carbs we are eating, not avoiding carbs and fats entirely.

At the end of the day, a calorie is a calorie:

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We conclude that a calorie is a calorie. From a purely thermodynamic point of view, this is clear because the human body or, indeed, any living organism cannot create or destroy energy but can only convert energy from one form to another. In comparing energy balance between dietary treatments, however, it must be remembered that the units of dietary energy are metabolizable energy and not gross energy. This is perhaps unfortunate because metabolizable energy is much more difficult to determine than is gross energy, because the Atwater factors used in calculating metabolizable energy are not exact. As such, our food tables are not perfect, and small errors are associated with their use.

In addition, we concede that the substitution of one macronutrient for another has been shown in some studies to have a statistically significant effect on the expenditure half of the energy balance equation. This has been observed most often for high-protein diets. Evidence indicates, however, that the difference in energy expenditure is small and can potentially account for less than one-third of the differences in weight loss that have been reported between high-protein or low-carbohydrate diets and high-carbohydrate or low-fat diets. As such, a calorie is a calorie.
http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/79/5/899S.full

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Re: Keto-Based Diets Cause Heart Disease?
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2017, 11:58:43 pm »
There's a huge amount of nonsense spouted in relation to dietary matters This is because people are hooked upon tasty food. Eating is considered by many to be a major pleasure in life, which gives meaning to life, and makes it bearable.

The solutions to many of the problems that mankind faces are simple, obvious and clear. It's the implementation of the solutions that's the problem.

For example, if an overweight or obese person genuinely wants to lose weight, the solution is obvious. Just eat (and drink) less.

It's impossible not to lose weight if you eat less, just as it's impossible to put on weight if you don't eat too much.

The attachment to the pleasure of eating tends to cause a state of denial about such basic, scientific facts.

The Buddha's recommendation of only one meal a day, before lunch time, is one solution.
When you see pictures of Buddhist monks, famous or not, that show they are clearly overweight, you know they have been cheating, and not following Buddhist principles, regarding eating habits.

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Re: Keto-Based Diets Cause Heart Disease?
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2017, 02:48:39 am »
I’ve been eating a plant-based diet for almost two months now, while supplementing my diet with egg whites and low-fat dairy products for protein, calcium, and B12, and I’ve lost my desire for meat in the process.   

While it would be nice to lose a few pounds, I am mostly doing this for my long-term health, rather than short-term weight loss. While keto-based diets might help with short-term weight loss, they’re hazardous to long-term health.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, which is caused by saturated fat and cholesterol, according to most experts. Prostate and colon cancer, also leading causes of death, are also linked to meat consumption.

Another reason for my vegetarianism is Buddhism. While the Buddha didn’t require vegetarianism, he nonetheless taught that it’s misconduct to kill animals for meat or to profit from the killing of animals for meat.

I am not going to judge others for making their own choices, though I do recommend people educate themselves on the suffering and disease of factory-farmed animals, and how that might affect the quality of meat:
http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/why-scared-animals-taste-worse
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Re: Keto-Based Diets Cause Heart Disease?
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2017, 07:48:40 am »
Hi, Daharma Flower.

As a safety engineer I would have bet that automobile accidents had the highest mortality rate in The U.S.A., but it appears that you are correct:  Coronary related deaths were #1 and Automobile Accidents were #14.


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According to the latest WHO data published in may 2014 Coronary Heart Disease Deaths in United States reached 393,698 or 18.06% of total deaths. The age adjusted Death Rate is 77.97 per 100,000 of population ranks United States #107 in the world. Review other causes of death by clicking the links below or choose the full health profile.


source:  http://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/united-states-coronary-heart-disease
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Re: Keto-Based Diets Cause Heart Disease?
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2017, 03:58:52 pm »
Please keep in mind that studies have shown that plant-based ketogenic diets are healthier than meat-based ketogenic diets, in case someone really wants to go on a keto-based diet.

 


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