Low Carb Vs. Low Fat; Crickets on JetBlue!

November 15, 2014

When you're looking to lose weight, should you go low fat or low carb? Well, new research supports claims that low-carb diets are the way to go, helping people lose weight without compromising heart health.

The new study from Tulane University and published in the ‘Annals of Internal Medicine’, included 148 obese participants given either a low-carbohydrate diet, consuming less than 40 grams of digestible carbs a day, or a low-fat diet, consuming less than 30 percent of daily calories from fat.

Results showed that after a year, the low-carb group lost an average of 7.7 pounds more than the low-fat group. Both groups received dietary advice, but neither had strict calorie or exercise goals. Also, the blood levels of certain fats that are predictors of heart disease risk improved more in the low-carb group.

While this is a small study, Lead author Lydia Bazzano, professor in nutrition research at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine told Futurity.org, that the results do challenge the perception that low-fat diets are always better for the heart. Don't use this as an excuse to pile on the fat though, the low-carb dieters weren’t all high fat, they got 41 percent of their calories from fat, but that was healthy fats like olive or canola oil.

Crickets on JetBlue! 

Next time you fly jetblue, you’ll notice snack options have gone beyond peanuts and pretzels.  JetBlue recently announced a partnership with AccelFoods, an incubator for startup natural food companies, to provide snack boxes on select flights.  Included in the boxes will, naturally be a sampling of some of the company’s brands Cocomels or Evoke muesli, but the one to raise the most eyebrows will no doubt be EXO, the makers of cricket-containing protein bars. 

AccelFoods Managing Partner Jordan Gaspar said in a press release, “Offering our products at the Terminal 5 event and onboard demonstrates JetBlue's commitment to offering their travelers the most innovative new food and beverage products coming to market.”

In addition to expanding the culinary horizons of its travelers, this partnership could also have larger positive impacts, like exposing consumers to the idea of edible insects could have massive positive implications, such as reduced greenhouse emissions and saving water.  Last year, the United Nations released a report that said eating bugs could reduce greenhouse emissions, increase food security and better global livelihoods.  

What do you think? Will you be trying it next time you fly jetblue?! 


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