Cardiologist in The Washington Times: ‘Carbohydrates are killing us’

Overhead view of carbohydrate fruits and vegetables

The conventional advice we’ve been given to reduce heart disease, eat less fat and more carbs, is completely wrong and needs to be turned on its head. In fact, it’s the carbs and not the fat that we should avoid if we want to reduce our risk of cardiovascular disease, writes a cardiologist in The Washington Times. And he’s probably right.

For decades, doctors and nutritionists prescribed low-fat diets to people trying to lower their risk of heart disease. Saturated fats in meats and dairy products were thought to clog our arteries. Grains — especially “whole” ones — were thought to help everything from high cholesterol to digestion.

A growing body of research suggests this advice was wrong. For most people, it’s carbohydrates, not fats, that are the true cause of heart disease.

The Washington Times: ‘Carbohydrates are killing us’

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  1. Jeff Cessna
    I will continue to follow the advice of Dr. Greger at nutritionfacts.org
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  2. Rowick
    It's not just the carbs but the sugars in everything we eat. Also the chemical additives and pestacides that also trigger issues. These big box food companies look for ways to make us crave their food products with these sugars and additives. They target kids and week minded people. It's sad that we let this continue even after half the world has banned these chemicals our money driven market allows us to still consume them...just sad. Eliminate these items from your diet and you will find a modified keto/ palieo diet is really the correct way to eat and you will lose the cravings for these crap foods. You will lose weight and have a clearer mind in just a few weeks. I lost 28lbs in four weeks with this simple control of food intake no exercise...
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  1. Jeff Cessna
    I will continue to follow the advice of Dr. Greger at nutritionfacts.org
    Replies: #16, #24
  2. Larry M
    More BS. Everything in moderation.
    Replies: #25, #27, #37
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  4. John Enns
    There's no probably about it. In the documentary "Sugar Coated" a researcher discusses the documents she found that prove that sugar companies bribed doctors to "adjust" the recommended daily caloric intake of carbohydrates. There was even at least one of the same doctors who excepted bribes from tobacco companies.
  5. Rowick
    It's not just the carbs but the sugars in everything we eat. Also the chemical additives and pestacides that also trigger issues. These big box food companies look for ways to make us crave their food products with these sugars and additives. They target kids and week minded people. It's sad that we let this continue even after half the world has banned these chemicals our money driven market allows us to still consume them...just sad. Eliminate these items from your diet and you will find a modified keto/ palieo diet is really the correct way to eat and you will lose the cravings for these crap foods. You will lose weight and have a clearer mind in just a few weeks. I lost 28lbs in four weeks with this simple control of food intake no exercise...
    Replies: #30, #32
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  7. Prettygreat
    Yep, I work in medical imaging and the heaviest patients are the sickest. They struggle with heart disease, cancer, post operative infections, respiratory infections and of course blood pressure issues. Also folks with a high BMI are very difficult to place an iv for medication administration. They always get upset because they have to get stuck alot. It's very painful for them even though we try our best not to hurt them.
  8. Prettygreat
    Yep, a heaIthy diet is best and not too many carbs. I work in medical imaging and the heaviest patients are the sickest. They struggle with heart disease, cancer, post operative infections, respiratory infections and of course blood pressure issues. Also folks with a high BMI are very difficult to place an iv for medication administration. They always get upset because they have to get stuck alot. It's very painful for them even though we try our best not to hurt them.
  9. Nancy Fulton
    great article. I used to think carbs was the way to go. since cutting out carbs no more depression. craving sugar and being tired all of the time
  10. Mk
    Suicide in moderation? No. What's bad is bad. Excess sugar and carbs are bad. There is no "moderation" for most bad things. Crack? Bad. Alcohol? Bad. Bashing your head into a wall? Bad. Noir good in "moderation" just bad. The question is more how much are you going to screw yourself up before you change or it's too late?
  11. Sharlene
    EXACTLY!!
  12. Yaw A Boateng
    Wait a minute, people! Carbs are causing heart attack? First of all don't lump donuts and sweet potato in the same group and call them carbs. Whole, unprocessed STARCHES have sustained civilizations where heart attacks were virtually unknown. Even now go to rural China and compare their rates of heart attacks to the US. These people are slim and got and the incidence of myocardial infection is very low. And you know their staple diet. Rice and vegetables. A whole lotta rice. And white rice to boot!
    So if you eat donuts and cookies and get a heart attack, don't blame carbs! It's the super processed carbohydrate based nonfoods that are responsible for giving"carbs" a bad name.
    Reply: #20
  13. Joe S
    Identifying things as “carbohydrates” misses the point.

    It’s processed foods and sugars, saturated fat and cholesterol.

    Greger’s website is ALL science. No opinion. Read it before you judge.

  14. Michele L Ramirez
    Low fat, whole food plant based for the win.. whole complex carbs,(sweet potatoes, whole oat groats, quinoa, millet, kamut berries, spelt berries, brown rice, all fruit,
    all squashes, whole wheat sprouted breads, legumes of all kinds; all starchy carbs.... with the inclusion of lots of leafy greens, like kale, spinach, collards, romain.. all cruciferous veggies, and non starchy green ,yellow , and red veggies.; Berries and a few nuts and seeds... just real whole natural unprocessed foods from the earth... organic best.
  15. SueB
    Probably a lot of truth in that.
  16. Gayle
    Ornish.com. The extensive research speaks for itself. Plant based is the way to go. PROVEN to reverse heart disease.
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  18. Linda
    I have ate apples little peanut butter, blue berries, tangerines 3 or 4 a day for sweetness graham crackers 4 whole peaces few raisins. I make my trail mix dark chocolates smallest ones, cracims, walnuts great treat, I place in tuberware. No bread, once in a while pizza just cheese pineapple and black olives. I eat it and put most in freezer pop in micro but better fried to warm up still taste like fresh pizza eggs salads with pork skins and humus and pretzels. And salads from Sam's.I have put fruit little Cheerios honey and plain. Eat salmon patties tilapia. I special milk ...I have lived on fruit my whole life. Have lost 20 lbs and flat tummy. Water no aspartame free cooladefor 16 oz water. Green tea with asaiwee. Every thing in moderation
    I have had a bum knee have to sit around walking 1 mile for whole day. Try it. Teenager 29 lb. And modeled 2 years moderation Linda
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  19. Christopher a Martin
    Greger is a hack. Fear everything is his view. He even demonized fish oil with its proven health benefits. Some people are just know it all's.
  20. Who Made Who
    If you want to like moderately, sure. If you want to live optimally, or, as best and as efficient as your body can, you eliminate sugar and starchy carbs. Get your carbs from vegetables only, and start living life as if you were 20 years younger.
  21. Patricia Ryan MD
    Read ” undoctored “ and keep it in your kitchen ... use it as a text book for life
  22. DFW Fitness Freak
    U do illegal drugs in moderation?
  23. Antonio Rea
    Excellent, always good to reaffirm this scientific truth.
    The refined carbohydrates are killing us!
  24. Yvette Johnson
    The science behind this is not only solid it's been around for years. The longest living and healthiest people on earth eat only one or two servings of carbs (rice or grain) a day and rarely ever have sweets. They also eat very little meat and fish... maybe once a week and only a few ounces. Our insane unscientific food pyramid states we should eat 3 or 4 times that much of grains and 10 times as much protien. We wonder why we are all sick and fat?!? The refined stuff is so addictive we can't stop eating it and we can't lose weight...
  25. David
    Yes they target people who have a week mind. Like those who spell it "week".
  26. playitforme
    What???
  27. Anonymous
    Sugars are carbohydrates.
    Reply: #35
  28. Kimberly Dunn
    I am a cardiac patient with a pacemaker and uncontrollable blood pressure as well as a type 2 diabetic. I have been following a lchf keto way of eating for 29 months and have lost over 150 pounds AND my blood work/numbers never looked better, made a believer out of my cardiologist, he is one of my biggest supporters now!!!
    Reply: #34
  29. Hilary
    Good for you
  30. Martin
    And vice versa: carbohydrates are sugars!
  31. Maria
    A couple of years ago I decided I needed to lose weight, about 35 pounds. I joined classes at the gym, an hour a day/4 days a week. Two of the classes were weight classes. After a year, I had lost zero pounds. I thought I was eating better too. I quit the gym. Then my sister told me about the keto diet a few months ago. I am too lazy to spend a lot of time researching so I just followed her lead. I have lost 25 pounds in 3 or 4 months. My daughter tells me I am doing a "dirty keto diet" because I am not religious about it. I confess I like a piece of pizza once in awhile, but I don't eat bread, potatoes, rice and other grain- based food. I don't miss it. Years ago, I was obsessed with exercising and was quite thin for 10 years and I ate a lot of carbs, but I had much anxiety and worried excessively. I believe the carbs were contributing to my anxiety. I am fine now. I am still losing, though a bit slower.
  32. Wkd Smrt

    More BS. Everything in moderation.

    If you tell that to my sister she'll just eat more junk and have a BS excuss to backup her bad habbits. I person that eats No Junk is heslthier than a person who Eats Junk. What does eating junk in moderation have to do with health. Don't live by BS rules

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