The “Eco-Atkins” diet, which contains soy products, nuts and oils, lowers lipoprotein cholesterol levels, according to a published study. A recently published study examining the effects of a low-carbohydrate plant-based diet on weight loss and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels showed improvements in risk factors for coronary heart disease. Study titled “Effect of a 6-Month Low-Carbohydrate Vegan Diet (“Eco-Atkins”) on Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Body Weight in Hyperlipidemic Adults: A Randomized Controlled Trial.” “Eco-Atkins”) on cardiovascular risk factors and body weight in adults with hyperlipidemia: a randomized controlled trial), is published in BMJ Open, a BMJ research journal.
In the study, the consumption of a diet a vegan “Eco-Atkins” diet low in carbohydrates and higher in protein and fat from gluten and soy products, nuts, and vegetables resulted in greater weight loss and significantly lower LDL-C concentrations compared to a high-carbohydrate diet. little fat.
“The results of this study show that supplementing a low-carb weight loss diet with plant-based sources protein, such as gluten, soy and nuts, leads to greater cardiovascular benefits, something not proven with low-carb diets,” said Ratna Mukherjea, Ph.D., associate director of Global Nutrition at DuPont Nutrition & Health and co. -author of the study. “Many popular weight loss plans focus on limiting carbohydrate intake, and while this can be an effective way to lose weight, replacing your calorie intake with protein from animal products, which are often high in saturated fat, is not an option.” “The ideal long-term term solution for those who already have higher cholesterol levels,” he added.
In the study, participants who ate a low-carb vegan diet experienced greater weight loss compared to those who ate a high-carb vegetarian diet that included dairy and eggs (7 percent vs. 6 percent weight loss). Specifically, participants who followed a low-carbohydrate diet also achieved a significant reduction in LDL-C concentrations (?0.49 mmol/L (?0.70 to ?0.28); p