More Fat, Fewer Carbs

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One of the largest studies into how diet affects health and mortality has found that eating high quantities of carbohydrates increases risk of premature death more than excessive fat intake. Researchers led by a team at McMaster University in Canada studied health data from 135,000 people in 18 different countries across five continents. They also analyzed the participants’ diet, socioeconomic status, lifestyle, weight, and other variables. Over the seven-year study period, the people who ate the most carbohydrates – deriving 77 percent of their total daily calories from foods like bread and rice –  had a nearly 30  percent of their daily calories from fat, meanwhile, had a 23 percent lower risk of dying early. “We are hoping that dietary guidelines are reconsidered in light of the new findings,” study author Mahshid Dehghan tells Reuters.com. “What we are suggesting is moderation, as opposed to very low and very high intakes of fats and carbohydrates.”

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