If you're trying to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle, one of the most common phrases you hear is 'cut the carbs'. And many do cut the carbs and see some awesome results to go alongside all of their hardwork.
But turns out a low-protein, high-carb diets may be the key to living longer and protecting against dementia, suggests a new study.
Researchers at the University of Sydney found that mice fed such a diet showed improvements in overall well-being and brain health, plus learning and memory.
Now, they study's authors believe that similar result could be seen in humans.
The published research shows for the first time that unrestricted low-protein, high-carb diets have similar protective benefits for the brain as calorie restriction, which is known for its longevity benefits although not sustainable in humans.
Devin Wahl, a PhD candidate who led the analysis, said: 'There are currently no effective pharmaceutical treatments for dementia - we can slow these diseases, but we can't stop them - so it's exciting that we are starting to identify diets that are impacting how the brain ages."
He said the only issue is that people in Western societies struggle to keep their calories restricted because food is so freely available.