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Low-Carb vs. Low Fat, Brain Training & Hypertension

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A low-carb diet is better than a low-fat diet for weight loss according to a new study in the Annals of Internal medicine. Researchers in Louisiana say the low carbohydrate diet is also more effective at reducing the risk factors for cardiovascular disease. More than one-third of American adults have at least one form of cardiovascular disease.

Researchers in Boston say it may be possible to train your brain to prefer healthy foods. In a small study, researchers at Tufts University divided participants into two groups. After six months, the brain scans of the weight loss group showed a change in the brain reward center associated with learning and addiction. Members in that group had an increased sensitivity to healthy, lower-calorie foods, and a decreased sensitivity to unhealthy, higher-calorie foods.

And people with belly fat are at greater risk of developing hypertension than people who have their fat concentrated in other parts of their bodies. Researchers in Texas say a type of fat located behind the abdominal cavity, around the kidneys, had the strongest connection to high blood pressure.

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