Perricone Diet Experts Opinions

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There are few health experts or health organisations which recommend this diet (and associated supplements and face/body lotions) as the diet to aspire to. Health experts criticise this diet for being too low in fruit and too low in grains, which both provide a multitude of important vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that are not often available in the same levels in other foods.

The other criticism about this diet is that the focus is on wild Alaskan salmon as the main staple of the diet and that this diet is not suitable for people who are vegans and lacto-ovo vegetarians, which means this diet is not flexible and not for everyone. While this diet has some really great points (increasing intake of omega-3 fatty acids to reduce inflammation and reduce risk of any heart disease), this diet is not the most suitable diet for everyone.

The following is what the experts have to say about the Perricone diet:

  • American Heart Association does not recommend this diet
  • American Cancer Society does not recommend this diet
  • John Hopkins School of Medicine does not recommend this diet
  • Current clinical trial underway to determine safety over 4 years
  • The Australian Heart Foundation doesn’t endorse low carb diets
Health experts criticise this diet for being too low in fruit and too low in grains, which both provide a multitude of important vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that are not often available in the same levels in other foods

References and Explanations

  1. The American Heart Association (AHA) currently (as at 10 January 2008) does not recommend any of the high protein diets that are popular today, as the AHA believes that these diets can cause a multitude of health problems and may not even provide all the nutrients required to keep the human body healthy. The AMA recommends no more than 35% of total daily calories from fat (of which only 7% of calories should be from saturated fats)
  2. St Jeor ST, Howard BV, Prewitt TE, Bovee V, Bazzarre T, Eckel RH for the AHA Nutrition Committee. Dietary Protein and Weight Reduction: A Statement for Healthcare Professionals From the Nutrition Committee of the Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Metabolism of the American Heart Association. An AHA Science Advisory. Circulation, 2001;104:1869-1874. Accessed on 10 January 2008
  3. The American Cancer Society (ACS). Weighing In on Low-Carb Diets, 2007. Accessed on 10 January 2008. The ACS nutritionist Colleen Doyle, MS, RD states that a low carbohydrate diet, such as the Perricone diet, can be a high-risk option when it comes to health, warning people on this diet that their eating habits may increase the risk of developing cancer later in life
  4. John Hopkins School of Medicine. Weight Loss and Dieting – The Shortcomings of Fad Diets: Nutrition and Weight Control Special Report, 6 April 2006. Accessed on 10 January 2008. The John Hopkins School of Medicine questions the benefits of high protein diets, expresses concern about the health risks of these diets and recommends more studies, especially longer term, to determine the viability and health benefits or risks of these diets
  5. National Institutes of Health – ClinicalTrials.gov. Effectiveness of a Low Carbohydrate Diet Versus a High Carbohydrate Diet in Promoting Weight Loss and Improved Health. Ongoing clinical trial from April 2005 – June 2009 with 240 participants. This study will look at the effects of a low carbohydrate diet versus a high carbohydrate diet on weight loss over a longer period (of four years). The study also aims to measure the risk of cardiovascular disease (blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels as well as blood pressure levels), bone health, kidney function and endocrine (insulin and glucose in particular) mechanisms over the course of the study in both groups. The sponsor of this clinical trial is the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
  6. The Australian Heart Foundation does not recommend very low carbohydrate diet, especially if they are higher than the recommended 7% of saturated fat, as long term diets due to the possible health risks, especially of the heart and cardiovascular system

 

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