Eating an Atkins-like diet may actually be good for your cholesterol, according to a new study by the noted researcher Dr. David Jenkins. The catch is that you should eat plant, not animal, sources of protein. Low-carb/high-protein diets can help in weight loss (at least initially), but when they’re high in meat (and thus saturated fat), as the classic Atkins diet is, they may raise LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.
The study, in the Archives of Internal Medicine, compared a low-carb plant-based (“Eco-Atkins”) diet, rich in soy and other vegetable proteins, to a high-carb vegetarian control diet, in 44 overweight people. Both groups lost about nine pounds after four weeks, but the Eco-Atkins dieters had greater improvement in LDL cholesterol and other heart disease risk factors. Read more - http://www.newswise.com/p/articles/view/553096/