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A recent Cancer study reported by the company Nutri suggests that a high protein, low carb diet was better at reducing the chances of cancer and slowing the growth of existing tumours. The study was completed with mice, admittedly a contentious issue, but it produced some important results that helped show how tumours grow using glycogen which is mostly found in carbohydrates, and in the presence of insulin which is rushed in to the body much more often to reduce the presence of high blood sugar brought about by the intake of carbohydrates.
A protein rich diet has lead to mixed feelings in the past due to the popularity but reported side effects of the Atkins diet for some people. However, the Western diet high in Carbohydrates and low in protein is undoubtedly worse for us especially in this study that found that only 30% of the mice with tumours died when on the high protein diet compared with 70% who were on the high carb diet.
Another reason for its greater success might be the lower incidence of obesity when on a higher protein diet which reduces strain on the cells, the immune system and the heart.
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