Glycemic Eating

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By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

A rigorously controlled study indicates the glycemic index won’t help people avoid diabetes or heart disease. The index is about how fast the body breaks carbohydrates into the simple sugar glucose.

Harvard School of Public Health researcher Frank Sacks gave high- and low-glycemic index diets to 163 overweight people.

“Choosing foods according to how much they increased blood sugar does not have an effect on risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.”

Lots of sugar and calories are still bad. The researchers emphasize eating healthful foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, nuts, and unsaturated vegetable oils.

The study in the Journal of the American Medical Association was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

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