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Do Low-Carb Diets Affect Hormone Balance?

Cliff chats with low-carb researchers Drs Mikki Williden, Dan Plews, Caryn Zinn about whether low-carb diets REALLY affect hormone balance in both men and women.

The Carb-Appropriate Podcast Ep.22

In this episode of the podcast, I chat with my colleagues, Drs Mikki Williden, Caryn Zinn, and Dan Plews about whether low-carbohydrate diets negatively impact hormone balance.

It’s commonly assumed that people (especially women) ‘need’ a certain amount of carbohydrate in the diet in order to preserve hormone levels and function. But the evidence suggests otherwise.

One of my articles spurred this conversation (Do Low-Carb Diets Negatively Affect Hormone Balance?) and it ended up being a great summary of the things that you should actually be focussed on. (Hint: carb content of the diet isn’t usually one!)

Caryn Zinn PhD, RD is a registered dietitian, researcher, and senior lecturer at Auckland University of Technology.

Mikki Williden PhD is a registered nutritionist, researcher, and senior lecturer at UNITEC.

Dan Plews PhD is an exercise physiologist and exercise and nutrition researcher based at High Performance Sport NZ and Auckland University of Technology.

Low-carb researchers Dr Cliff Harvey, Dr Mikki Williden, Dr Caryn Zinn, and Dr Dan Plews chat low-carb and hormone balance

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