The picture on the left is very obviously two men enjoying a passionate, sexual moment. The picture on the right is a photo between the legs of a woman wearing a thong bikini. Couldn't be anything else right? If you look closer things may not always be what they seem.
An Animal Based Low Carb Diet Will Kill You. That is the message in a recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine titled: Low-Carbohydrate Diets and All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality. The study followed the health of men for 20 years and women for 26 years. There were almost 130,000 participants and the study started in 1980 for women and 1986 for men. It concluded in 2006.
- The supposed "low carb" groups ranged from getting 60% of their daily calories in carbs down to 35%. The average recommended daily calories being 2,000, that is a range of about 300 grams to 175 grams of carbs per day. The paleo diet, where carbs only come from fruits and veggies, have an acceptable range of about 25 to 100 grams per day. This study certainly is not representative of a truly low carb diet or a paleo diet.
- The study used food questionnaires to determine what category the subjects fit into. Food questionnaires are often inaccurate because people are too embarrassed to share what they actually eat. They administered the questionnaire once at the beginning of the study. Yes, that is correct. They asked what they ate once 20 or 26 years ago and assumed nothing changed the during the duration of the study. RIDICULOUS! Obviously the study organizers have no idea that in the last 30 years, America has eaten less saturated fat and more carbohydrates. To not do a follow up food questionnaire at the end of the study is irresponsible bordering on unethical. See graph below illustrating America's change in macronutrient consumption.