Thursday, May 20, 2010
High GI Foods Linked to Heart Attack Risk
As you all know I try to keep our intake of bread and pasta as low as possible for blood sugar reasons. Our resting blood glucose is low (upper 80’s) and I want it to stay there.
According to this abstract, “People who cut saturated fats while increasing intake of refined carbohydrates like white bread and pasta have a higher risk of heart attack, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.”
“They found a statistically significant correlation between replacing saturated fat calories with refined carbohydrates – those described as ‘high-GI’ and thought to cause a spike in blood sugar levels – and heart attack risk. For those subjects with the highest average dietary glycemic index, heart attack risk increased by 33 percent for every five percent increase in calorie intake from carbohydrates. “
“The researchers said that determining the public health impact of glycemic index-based diets could be difficult, but recommended consumption of “less-refined foods, nonstarchy vegetables, fruit, and legumes” as the most practical way to reduce heart disease risk.”
“Indeed, these recommendations would also tend to promote dietary patterns high in fiber and micronutrients, dietary factors also considered to play a role in the prevention of IHD [ischemic heart disease],” they wrote.
In my mind this is another reason to keep the consumption of refined carbs as low as you can. As I have said many times the same diet that is good for preventing and/or slowing cancer seems to work for all the other chronic diseases.