Saturday, January 6, 2007

Low Carb Diets Blamed for Birth Defects

Ah, we knew low carbing was getting too much good press lately.

Now, this Associated Press Article lays the blame for a drop in folate levels among young women of childbearing age to the increased adherence to low-carb diets.

Folate is a B vitamin found in bread--particularly artificially-enriched white bread. Increased consumption of whole-grain breads--or no breads at all--could be the culprit, according to the CDC epidemiologist who conducted the study into folate levels.

Although the story headlines scream "Low Carb Diets Cause Birth Defects," another, more likely, culprit is buried in the story--obesity. Fat people metabolize folate (or its chemical counterpart, folic acid) differently than thin people. If fat people get that way from overconsumption of carbs, then it could well be that low-fat, high-carb diets are the cause! Or at least that's my logic.

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