Thursday, December 2, 2010

1.       Kwashiorkor is  an acute form of childhood protein-energy malnutrition. It is severe malnutrition when children have a diet that is high in carbohydrates and low in protein. It usually affects children in impoverished countries because of the lack of recourses that they have; occasionally it effects the elderly as well. It is predominately found in impoverished countries that have been affected by drought, and countries that had political unrest.
2.       Protien is useful because it is one of the main classes of food that provide energy to our body. So, if we don’t have very much protein that enters our body, we are lacking on the energy that it provides.  And due to the lacking of energy, it could stunt growth, and lower resistance to disease. Without the protein that our body needs it could potentially lead to a disease called kwashiorkor.
3.       In popular low carb diets, like Atkins, we think that that we are going to lose weight and get healthier by cutting out most of the carbohydrates in our body. But that is not the case. In these low-carb high-protein diets they could cause you more harm than good. In recent studies it shows that these diets could contribute to cancer and heart disease. To healthily diet is to eat good sources of protein like tofu and almonds. Also eat good fats like olive oil and avocados.  Also make sure to look at the nutritional labels to know you are getting good protein. The main t thing is to moderate your diet.
Due to low carb diets such as the Atkins diet you are depleting your body from glycogen resulting in harm to your muscles and liver. It could cause you to get tired more often and just lose overall energy that you need to sustain a healthy life.  You lose muscle, and your skin will get saggy. Getting rid of your carbohydrates also results in a rise in insulin. Lack of carbs also could affect your mind as well. Overall we see that these diets are not good for you and you need to maintain your protein and carbohydrates so you can stay healthy and live an abundant life.
4.       In low carb, high protein diets there are many dangers. By adding more protein to a diet would cause severe stress to your body. Also, it would cause a buildup in ketones. Ketogenic diets can thrust your kidneys into overdrive in order to flush these ketones from your body. And while your body is getting rid of the ketones, it is also getting rid of a lot of water which could potentially put you at risk for dehydration. And due to the dehydration, it strains your kidneys. And you could end up feeling sick, and dizzy. So if you are planning on dieting, stay away from this diet. It could cause you more harm than good.

R. Gent

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