Is Restricting Your Caloric and Salt Intake Worth All That?

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Real Estate Agent with Burch & Co. Real Estate

Recent studies may move those french fries off the “don’t” list

 

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Salt — the debate rages on

It turns out that for some, a low salt diet may be less than ideal.

An article in the New York Times reported on a study that found “that low-salt diets increase the risk of death from heart attacks and strokes and do not prevent high blood pressure.” Another study (reported in Science Daily) observed “a significantly increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease (CVD) associated with lower sodium diets.”

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Calories vs Carbs

You’ve heard both theories.

On the one hand, there’s the theory that it doesn’t matter what you eat, it matters how much you eat — if you burn more calories than you take in, you’ll lose weight.

On the other hand is the theory that doesn’t matter how much you eat, it matters what you eat — if you limit or eliminate carbohydrates, you won’t have a weight problem.

While it’s true that if you eat 1000 calories worth of Twinkies and burn 1200 calories daily, you’ll probably lose weight — you might also keel over from a heart attack.

And while it’s also true that many carbs (as in processed, refined and simple) have high caloric value and limited nutritional value, it is also true that many of the nutrients necessary to our health (as in vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants) can be found in carbohydrates pulled straight from the ground, or bush, or tree.

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Low carbs twice a week

In a classic instance of having your cake and eating it too – recent research shows that following a low carb diet for two days a week is more effective for losing weight than following a low calorie diet every day. (via Salt Lake Tribune)

One size, or diet, doesn’t fit all

As low calorie, low carbohydrate, low fat and other restrictive diet guidelines are researched further, the results seem to point to the inescapable conclusion that there are few absolute truths when it comes to health and preventive measures. For instance — aiming for a low sodium diet may be more harmful than helpful for people not already suffering from high blood-pressure.

Bottom line? Follow dietary guidelines using common sense — and take them with a grain of salt.

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