Traditional diets really do have health benefits. A Chinese study has found that non-obese people between the ages of 18 and 35 had a lower cardiometabolic risk and overall lower cardiovascular risk when eating a diet high in carbohydrates and low in fat. The researchers say the six-month randomized controlled study shows the trend toward carbohydrate restriction may not benefit some ethnicities. Indeed, the traditional diet in China is one that is higher in carbohydrates and lower in fat—a diet pattern that promotes better health in this region, compared to the Western diet.

Read the full study here.

Image: Shanghai Stir Fry with Forbidden Rice, from Plant-Powered for Life.

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