Low carbohydrate diets could be bad for you

Researchers in Australia have warned those who adopt a diet that is low in carbohydrate that they could be at risk of long-term health problems.
Many dieters try to cut out pasta, bread and rice in order to lose weight quickly, but Jon Buckley, professor of health sciences at the University of South Australia, thinks more tests are needed to see what impact this has on the body, Xinhua reports.
Speaking at a Heart Foundation conference, Mr Buckley said: “A low carbohydrate diet may result in greater weight loss over the short-term but there is an increase in LDL (bad) cholesterol, which raises concern about increased cardiovascular disease risk.”
Scientists are particularly keen to assess what effect low carbohydrate diets have on a person’s mood, as there have been claims that cutting this type of food out completely can trigger depression.
While crash diets are tempting, health organisations such as NHS Choices do not recommend them. 
Instead, people should eat a balanced diet and ensure they are getting plenty of exercise if they want to keep their weight down and remain healthy in the long run.

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