Healthy Diet Plans – Why a Balanced Diet of Protein, Carbs and Fat is best for optimal nutrition!
Researchers in Norway have found that healthy diet plans made up of one-third protein, one-third fat and one-third carbohydrates allow the body to function best. Berit Johansen, a professor of biology at Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Ingerid Arbo and Hans-Richard Brattbakk fed slightly overweight people different diets and studied the effects of the diet.
They found that healthy diet plans made up of 65% carbs, causes many classes of genes to work overtime, increasing inflammation in the body, as well as the genes associated with the development of some cancers, dementia, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
They tested both low and high-carb diets – including high protein diets. Of the two, they found that although both diets had issues, the low-carb diet was better. Overall, they found that the optimal diet was one that had an equal amount of fat, carbs, and protein.
The professor, Berit Johansen, warns against being caught up in the fat trap. Don’t just cut out carbs completely, she says. “The fat/protein trap is just as bad as the carbohydrate trap. It’s about the right balance, as always.” She also suggests carbohydrates, proteins and fats in five to six smaller meals, not just for the main meal, at dinner.
“Eating several small and medium-sized meals throughout the day is important. Don’t skip breakfast and don’t skip dinner. One-third of every meal should be carbohydrates, one-third protein and one-third fat. That’s the recipe for keeping inflammatory and other disease-enhancing genes in check,” Johansen explains.