Q&A: Is Low-Carb Healthy?

The low-carb craze has calmed considerably in the past few years, but this once-popular eating plan is still stirring up controversy. One reader asks, “is low-carb healthy?”

And the answer is…

Yes and no. In reality, the healthiness of any diet plan depends on the execution.

In lieu of starches, sugars and other foods high in digestible carbohydrates, the low-carb diet typically consists of foods high in protein and fat, from sources such as fish, eggs, poultry, red meat, beans, nuts and cheese.

But it’s not an open invitation to binge on processed beef products, fatty cheeses and hoardes of low-carb snacks.

If you’re considering a low-carb eating plan, here are some tips to help keep it healthy:

  • Choose (unprocessed) lean proteins such as poultry or fish over red meat, which can be high in saturated fat
  • Eat plenty of green veggies ““ asparagus, broccoli, green beans, spinach, etc.
  • Get plenty of fiber from fruits, veggies and beans
  • Drink lots of water
  • Everything in moderation ““ limit intake of fatty cheeses, nuts and low-carb snacks sweetened with sugar alcohols
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5 comments on «Q&A: Is Low-Carb Healthy?»

  1. Kim says:

    I tried the low carb diet a few years back. I lost a few pounds but i genaid it back very quickly. The low carb diet is not a good diet to go on. Trust me. I have tried every diet out there and none work. If you want to lose a few pounds, limit your calorie intake and exercise a little. The low carb diet was gross to me. All there is to eat is meat. Fatty meat, such as bacon, sausage etc. After i lost the weight, i genaid it right back. Its the hardest diet in the world to maintain. Its also the most unhealthiest diet. I just don’t want you to make the mistake i did and waste your time with this diet. lol. Good luck tho if you are wanting to lose a few pounds:)

  2. bearta says:

    I followed the low carb diet for quite a while, eating sensibly. Not only did I lose weight but my cholesterol went down over 25 points. Will go back to it after surgery, as following it made me feel good too.

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