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Rat Study Says Atkins Diet OK

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OK.OK. I know it's just a rat study, but some French researchers find that feeding rats a high protein--low carb diet improves their health by a number of measures. To wit:

"This unique long-term study found that in male rats, a protein intake of three times the requirements did not produce any adverse effects on the renal and hepatic functions, on oxidative stress or on the calcium balance. On the contrary, exchanging carbohydrates for proteins was beneficial regarding body composition, basal triglycerides, glucose, leptin, and insulin plasma concentrations."

Meanwhile, a mouse study says that the Atkins diet could make you infertile. So is that choice-a long healthy life versus kids?