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Are you high -- on carbs? on fats?

By Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. on

"High Noon." "Hang 'Em High." "High Sierra." "High Plains Drifter." When it comes to creating a suspenseful Western, Gary Cooper, Clint Eastwood (twice) and Humphrey Bogart all found that you can get a lot of attention by declaring something too high or not high enough. In movies, that's harmless, but when researchers declare that ditching a high-fat diet for a high-carb one is life-threatening, well, then it's time for a shootout at the "That's Not OK Corral."

A seven-year study called PURE had 135,000 people from 18 countries as diverse as Sweden and Zimbabwe (but not the U.S.) fill out questionnaires about their diet. With that info, researchers concluded that folks eating the most carbs were MORE LIKELY to die during the study period than those who ate the fewest, while those who ate the most fat were LESS LIKELY to die.

What's off about this? How about their definition of high consumption of fats? It's average or even low consumption for most Americans. We don't need more! Plus, what kind of carbs are they talking about? Broccoli and artichokes (life-extending carbs for sure), or foods like white rice crammed with highly processed, refined carbs -- from which over 50 percent of Americans and the poorest in other countries get their daily calories? That people around the globe are forced to make poor food choices, leading to premature death, is really the study's takeaway.

Nine servings daily of carbohydrate-packed fruits and veggies, and sticking with noninflammatory fats like olive oil are PROVEN to help you avoid life-threatening heart disease and cancers.

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Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into "The Dr. Oz Show" or visit www.sharecare.com.

(c) 2017 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.

Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

(c) 2017 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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