Saturday, June 27, 2009

High-protein, low-carb diet. Sound familiar?

David Jenkins, MD, of the University of Toronto, has published a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, entitled "The Effect of a Plant-Based Low-Carbohydrate ("Eco-Atkins") Diet on Body Weight and Blood Lipid Concentrations in Hyperlipidemic Subjects". They took some patients with high cholesterol and gave them a high-protein plant-based diet. It improved both their cholesterol and triglyceride levels more than the control group. It's not the first suspicion that this might work better than the original Atkins diet did.

If you're suspicious of medical journals because of the influence of corporate money on research, it'll be nice to see that Dr. Jenkins "discloses his ties to Solae [soy-product manufacturer], Unilever, the California Strawberry Commission, the Almond Board of California, and other companies," according to WebMD. Maybe I'm just naive, but I'm not worried about corporate corruption from the Strawberry Commission.

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