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Low-Fat or Low-Carb: What is the Healthiest Choice for You and Your Heart?

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According to the research portrayed on MassiveHealth.com, “Insulin tells your body to store fatty acids and keeps you from burning energy.” You then want to eat more and the insulin cycle begins again, resulting in fat being stored as triglycerides and expanding your fat cells.

Just as the quality of the carbohydrates we are consuming are important, so is the quality of the proteins and fats in a low carb, heart healthy lifestyle.

According to LiveStrong.com, “Heart-healthy fats include mono-unsaturated fats, like the fat found in nuts, avocados, olives, olive oil and canola oil.” They also suggested poly-unsaturated fats such as those in fish and nuts. For the protein category, lean meats such as poultry as well as low-fat dairy are considered to be healthy choices.


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Joanne Sgro-Killworth is a Television Fitness Expert, Certified Personal Trainer and Sport Nutritionist. She is a Studio trained and Certified Pilates Instructor as well as holds certifications in Pre-natal/Post-Partum Exercise, Yoga and Senior Fitness. She specializes in Weight Loss, Post-Rehab and Post Cancer Training.

Joanne's fitness plans and recipes are available globally on her website www.fitnessanswer.com. She resides in the Phoenix, AZ area with her husband, where she runs her personal training business, Fitness Answer, LLC.

Reviewed February 9, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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EmpowHER Guest

Why can't we convince the mainstream media to get this news out. Paleo is the only healthy way to eat. Humans did not evolve to eat grains. The government supported agriculture to feed the masses. Now as we have a huge obesity epidemic, they keep promoting a low-fat diet. Please someone get this news out there.

February 19, 2012 - 3:20pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Obviously they'd get in a lot of trouble if they tried that... and as many of us know, money tends to trump the greater good.

I agree with you, except on one point. Paleo isn't the only healthy way to eat (dairy and grains can actually be healthy under specific, uncommon circumstances - see WAPF), but it is certainly one of the healthiest.

February 20, 2012 - 9:52pm
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