Are burgers (sans bun) and bacon the key to longer life? Well, not exactly but not very far off according to U.S. Geneticist , Dr. Cynthia Kenyon. According to her ground breaking study, the answer to the “fountain of youth” may be as simple as cutting down on carbohydrates. Her extraordinary claims are based on her extensive studies of roundworms. In her work, she has been able to manipulate the genes of these invertebrates such that they lived SIX times their normal lifespan. Dr. Kenyon goes on to say that, “not only were we able to extend their lives 6 times longer than normal, but we also know how to make them stay healthy all that time as well. ”
While her findings may be based on worms, and last I checked, I still had arms and legs, the fact of the matter is, is that her findings were based a diet that reflected a large reduction in calories AND carbohydrates that resulted in a longer and healthier life for our legless little burrowing buddies.
These studies are still very new and need to be researched further however,there is no mistaking that these finding are VERY, VERY interesting and will ultimately be very, very, controversial.
Diets rich in carbohydrates and low in fat have been the “mantra” since the 1970’s. However it seems that perhaps, just maybe, these ” Experts don’t know their a** from their artichokes” – read my same titled post for explanation.
Professor Jeff Holly, who is a clinical scientist at Bristol University who reviewed Dr. Kenyon’s study said, “Ten years ago we thought aging was probably the result of slow decay, a sort of rusting, he says. “But Professor Kenyon has shown that it’s not about wear and tear but instead it is controlled by genes. That opens the possibility of slowing it down with drugs.”
Professor Kenyan is a supporter of the low carb lifestyles. She is quoted as saying that “carbohydrates, and especially refined ones like sugar, make you produce lots of extra insulin. I’ve been keeping my intake really low ever since I’ve discovered this.” She goes on to say that “I’ve cut out all starch such as potatoes, noodles, rice, bread and pasta. I’ll have hamburger without a bun and fish without batter or chips”
O.K. people, I am not a geneticist nor a scientist but I am smart enough to know that if these brainiacs think a reduction in carbohydrates can (even slightly) increase my life and (even slightly) improve my health, AND I GET TO LOSE WEIGHT TOO?, then, its a no-brainer? Bring on the (albeit lean) meats and dairy. Fountain of Youth – Here I come!
Chow for now!
- Switch on Your Youth and Longevity Genes (lewrockwell.com)
- Miracle Fountain of Youth Launches 100% Water Soluble Resveratrol Capsule in Florida (eon.businesswire.com)
- The Fountain of Youth: Water (seniordating.org)
- Geneticist Dr. Cynthia Kenyon: Eat A Low-Carb Diet To Live Longer And Healthier (livinlavidalowcarb.com)