Time to cut the carbs out of your diet

Good morning everyone,

I hope you've got really high rubber boots, because the rain is still falling. It may let up this evening for a bit and then we're looking at a possibility of rain again tomorrow before finally seeing the sun on Monday.

Low-to-no-carb diets have been all the rage for years. Many swear by the diets' weight loss benefits, but several new studies suggest that limiting carbs may do more than slim your waistline—it may even save your life.

Some people are just plain eating too many carbs. If you overindulge on high carb foods, limiting those carbs can be a life-saver, literally. In one study, people who ate a lot of carbs (more than 60 percent of their daily calories) had a nearly 30 percent greater risk of dying during a seven-plus year period than people eating a low-carb diet. During the study period, 5,796 participants died and 4,784 had heart attacks or strokes. Researchers took a look at their diets and found that those who consumed the greatest amount of carbs were more likely to die, when compared with their counterparts who consumed the least. Fat, however, seemed protective. People who ate high-fat diet had a 23 percent lower risk of mortality, and an 18 percent lower risk of stroke compared to low intake group.

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