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Eco-Atkins diet

Written By Betty van der Mark on Monday, June 8, 2009 | 10:03 PM

In the four-week study, two groups ate about 60 per cent of their estimated calorie needs. The first group of 22 overweight men and women with high levels of LDL cholesterol ate an Eco-Atkins diet high in vegetable proteins from gluten, soy, nuts, fruits, vegetables, cereals and vegetable oils. A control group of 22 people ate a high-carb, low-fat diet including low-fat dairy and whole grain products. People in both groups lost about the same amount of weight: about four kilograms, or 8.8 pounds. People in the Eco-Atkins group, however, lowered their LDL cholesterol and blood pressures more than those eating a high-carb diet.

Dr. David Jenkins of St. Michael's Hospital and the University of Toronto reported that an "Eco-Atkins" diet high in plant protein worked better than a high-carb vegetarian diet for reducing levels of low-density lipoprotein or LDL. LDL, also known as "bad" cholesterol, raises the risks of heart attacks and strokes.

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