16 March 2018

Serious doubts about value of low-carb diet

In the war on overweight and diabetes, many people are endeavouring to eat ‘less sugar’. Consequently, some people are led to assume that an extremely low-carb diet is to be preferred. In practice this means cutting out sources of starch such as bread, rice, potatoes and bananas. However, scientists have serious doubts about the value of doing so. Based on two international review articles published this week, professor Fred Brouns of Maastricht University (UM) concludes that reducing one’s intake of carbohydrates is fine, but a drastic reduction is best avoided.