Monday, September 20, 2010

Substituting Meat for Carbs? Death First!

Quinoa with Celery, Leek, Red Pepper and Almonds
This came across my desk the other day: Nutrition: Risky Additions to a Low-Carb Diet. I've been hopeful that a study would come out that discouraged people from indulging in sausage and bacon while curbing carbs. And now it has.

The study's conclusion:
A low-carbohydrate diet based on animal sources was associated with higher all-cause mortality in both men and women, whereas a vegetable-based low-carbohydrate diet was associated with lower all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality rates.
How then shall we eat? Curb carbs, but replace those calories with protein from beans and nuts or lean animal sources. Here's five great menus for the week that will get you eating along those lines:

• Indian Feast with Tandoori Chicken, Curried Lentils, Cauliflower Curry and Naan
• Grilled Salmon with Artichokes and Quinoa
Penne alla Greca and a Big Greek Salad
Tortilla Soup with Grilled Lime-Cilantro Chicken
Flank Steak Sandwich with Slow Roasted Tomatoes and Arugula

Further reading: Lean Proteins - 10 Delicious Sources

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