Plumping up for health. A skinny mouse (left) ate lots of protein and few carbs, but it wasn’t as healthy or long-lived as its counterpart on a low-protein/high-carb diet.

S. M. Solon-Biet et al., Cell Metabolism 19 (4 March 2014) © 2014 Elsevier Inc.

Plumping up for health. A skinny mouse (left) ate lots of protein and few carbs, but it wasn’t as healthy or long-lived as its counterpart on a low-protein/high-carb diet.

Low-Protein Diet May Extend Lifespan

Staff Writer

Two studies show that eating a diet low in protein and high in carbohydrates is linked to a longer, healthier life, and may even help explain why extreme calorie restriction delays aging. But the findings are controversial and underscore the complex interplay between food, health, and aging.

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