Keto, Paleo Diets Rank Low for Heart Health, Report Says – WebMD

Keto, Paleo Diets Rank Low for Heart Health, Report Says – WebMD

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The paleo diet is a plan that focuses on eating the types of foods our Paleolithic ancestors would have eaten.

It’s high in protein and low in carbs, and it can improve glucose tolerance and increase insulin sensitivity. It’s a good way to eat more fruits and vegetables, but it’s important to be careful not to overeat meat or other saturated fats.

April 28, 2023 – The paleo and keto diets have a lot of followers but aren’t necessarily good for heart health, the American Heart Association said in a ranking of popular diets.

The top-10 listing was released Thursday in the journal Circulationand is the first time the association has ranked popular diets. In a news release, it said it hoped the list would help the public and medical professionals wade through misinformation about dieting that has surged on social media.

The keto and paleo diets may help people lose weight in the short term, but both “are high in fat without limiting saturated fat. Consuming high levels of saturated fat and low levels of fiber are both linked to the development of cardiovascular disease,” the Heart Association said.

“They are highly restrictive and difficult for most people to stick with long term,” said Christopher D. Gardner, PhD, chair of the writing committee for the report and a professor of medicine at Stanford University. “While there will likely be short-term benefits and substantial weight loss, it isn’t sustainable. A diet that’s effective at helping an individual maintain weight loss goals, from a practical perspective, needs to be sustainable.”

The list was based on how closely the diets line up to the Heart Association’s guidelines for heart-healthy eating. 

The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) racked up 100 points and was ranked the best diet for heart health, based on those guidelines. Also ranking in the association’s top tier were the pescatarian diet (92 points), the Mediterranean diet (89 points), and the vegetarian diet (86 points). The news release noted that the Mediterranean diet lost a few points because it doesn’t address added salt and allows moderate alcohol consumption.

Vegan and low-fat diets were placed in the Heart Association’s second tier, with very low-fat and low-carb diets in the third tier. In the fourth and bottom tier were the paleo and keto/very low-carb diets, including the Atkins diet.


Kerri Waldron

My name is Kerri Waldron and I am an avid healthy lifestyle participant who lives by proper nutrition and keeping active. One of the things I love best is to get to where I am going by walking every chance I get. If you want to feel great with renewed energy, you have to practice good nutrition and stay active.

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