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My research is mainly focused on the effects of cholesterol, saturated fat and statin drugs on health. If you know anyone who is worried about their cholesterol levels and heart disease, or has been told to take statin drugs you could send them a link to this website, and to my statin or cholesterol or heart disease books.

David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Review of 13 dietary trials of low carbohydrates diets vs low fat diets regarding obesity and heart disease

This post includes a synopsis of a study published in Obes Rev. 2009 Jan;10(1):36-50. Epub 2008 Aug 11 and a recipe for a grilled herb steak.

Study title and authors:
Systematic review of randomized controlled trials of low-carbohydrate vs. low-fat/low-calorie diets in the management of obesity and its comorbidities.
Hession M, Rolland C, Kulkarni U, Wise A, Broom J.
Centre for Obesity Research and Epidemiology (CORE), Faculty of Heath and Social Care, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK.

The paper can be accessed at:

The paper reviewed thirteen trials comparing the effects of low-carbohydrate/high-protein diets with low-fat/high-carbohydrate diets for obesity and cardiovascular disease risk.

The reviewers found there were significant differences between the groups for weight, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, triacylglycerols and systolic blood pressure, favouring the low-carbohydrate diet.

In a nutshell: You will lose more weight and have less risk of heart disease by eating a low carbohydrate diet compared to eating a low fat/high carbohydrate diet.

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Recipe of the day

Grilled Herb Steak

• 4 steaks
• 1 T olive oil
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
• 2 t minced rosemary or 1 t dried
• 2 t minced thyme or 1 t dried
• 2 t minced basil or 1 t dried
• pepper

Place steaks in shallow dish. Rub both sides with oil, garlic, and herbs. Add pepper. Marinate  at least 1 hour.

Heat grill or preheat broiler. Cook steaks 2 inches from heat source to desired doneness.