The American Heart Association (AHA) wants consumers to be aware of the dangers of high-protein diets.
The AHA's Nutrition Committee reviewed five of the most popular high-protein diets: the Atkins diet, Protein Power, Stillman diet, Sugar Busters and the Zone.
They concluded that although these diets may promote quick weight loss, at least temporarily, the long-term consequence of eating a diet high in saturated fat and cholesterol is an increased risk for cardiovascular disease.
Proponents of these diets suggest people can lose weight and lower their cholesterol while eating unlimited amounts of red meat and high-fat dairy products.
Committee chairman Dr. Robert H. Eckel, professor of medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, refutes this idea, saying that once a person stops losing weight or begins to regain, cholesterol levels begin to rise, sometimes to an even higher level than before the diet.
The committee's advisory paper will be published later this year in the AHA’s journal, Circulation, and is designed to guide physicians when advertising patients about diet and weight loss.
Source: American Heart Association, www.americanheart.org
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