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Are low-carb diets safe?

Judy Caplan
Nutrition & Dietetics
Low carb diets are safe. If you are eating vegetables and fruit you are still getting some carbs in your diet. Carbs are needed for energy. They are also an important source of fiber, B vitamins, and minerals. Eliminating refined carbs like processed cereals, baked goods, fried snack foods, and other less desirable carbs promotes health.
Newer perspectives on the American diet seem to show that we are eating too many carbohydrates, specifically processed white-grain and sweetened-grain carbohydrates. Switching to a high-meat, high-fat diet does not appear to be the healthiest change, however.

If you want to lower your intake of bread, rice, or pasta, swap them for lean white meats, low mercury fish, eggs, beans, and legumes as well as measured portions of whole grains, nuts, and seeds. Round out your diet with fruit, vegetables, and healthy fats like olive oil, avocado, nut butters, flaxseed, and fish oil, and include sources of fortified foods that contain vitamin D, such as fat-free dairy or soy products.

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