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Too Little Protein In Western Diet Has Contributed To Obesity Epidemic

July 17, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
New research on non-human primates suggests that weight management programs focusing too much on calorie intake ignore the complex interaction of carbs, fats and proteins that is so important to appetite regulation and energy intake. Primates – whether spider monkeys, orangutans or humans – “prioritize protein” over carbohydrates and fat. If we eat too little protein, we compensate by eating too much fat and carbs. According to Australian nutritional ecologist David Raubenheimer, obesity in the West has soared over the past 60 years because the proportion of protein in our diet has dropped considerably. Which, he says, is probably why high-protein diets like Atkins have been shown to aid weight loss.
David Raubenheimer, "High-protein weight loss diets can work, scientists show", News release, Society for Experimental Biology, July 17, 2014, © Society for Experimental Biology
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