Low-carbohydrate Diets found Beneficial in Asian Study
A study looking at the diets of Chinese women consuming a calorie-restricted diet versus a low-carbohydrate diet has shown that those women following the low carbohydrate diet had beneficial effects on blood lipid profiles, as well as weight loss.
Traditionally, the habitual Chinese diet is high in carbohydrates due to its rice and pastry/bread food based items. Women on the calorie restricted diet were provided with main meals, along with up to 125g of rice daily, together with steamed bread. They did not have snack options. Women on the low-carbohydrate diet were allowed the same meal options, minus the rice and bread. However they were allowed to snack as much as they wanted on pre-approved items.
The results of the study revealed that although both diets were acceptable, the women following the low-carbohydrate diet lost weight faster and had lower hunger levels throughout the day. The Low-Carb test group of women also experienced favourable changes in their cholesterol levels.
The importance of this study is that it is the first one to look at the beneficial effects of following a low-carbohydrate diet exclusively within an Asian population. This study, together with other such studies carried out in Western populations continues to show the overall beneficial effects of following a low-carbohydrate diet.
Xin Liu, Geng Zhang, Xingwang Ye, Huaixing Li, Xiafei Chen, Lixin Tang, Ying Feng, Iris Shai, Meir J. Stampfer, Frank B. Hu and Xu Lin (2013). Effects of a low-carbohydrate diet on weight loss and cardiometabolic profile in Chinese women: a randomised controlled feeding trial. British Journal of Nutrition, 110, pp 1444-1453. doi:10.1017/S0007114513000640.