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Low-Glycemic Foods may have Heart Benefit

separator A new, small study shows that eating foods low on the glycemic index may actually protect the heart better than low-fat foods. The glycemic index ranks foods based on how quickly they increase your blood sugar.

Foods that are low on the glycemic index include:

  • Non-starchy vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Nuts
  • Legumes, such as dried beans

In general, the higher-fiber foods tend to be lower on the glycemic index.

Dieters in the study who ate low-glycemic foods experienced a larger decrease in fatty substances in their blood. They also had a drop in a protein that interferes with the body’s ability to break down blood clots. Low fat dieters had in increase in this protein, which increased their risk of heart attack.

Archives of Internal Medicine, June 25, 2001
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