Even though the Atkins diet seems to be quietly skulking to the background of mainstream America’s obsession with food, November 2005’s JAMA says we shouldn’t abandon proteins quite yet. The article reports that you should probably consider eating legumes rather than carbs, when given the choice (or planning meals). I wrote last month about how the early American Indian diet (which includes many kinds of beans) is considered good for cardiovascular health. This latest report would appear to support that claim.
A study in which participants ate either mostly carbs, mostly proteins, or mostly unsaturated fats showed that the subjects in the protein and unsaturated fats groups showed the best improvements in blood pressure and LDL cholesterol. So go ahead and enjoy that black bean taco; just take it easy on the pasta.