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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.

Source:
Archives of Internal Medicine, June 25, 2001



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