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June 7, 2005

Low-glycemic may be better than low-fat diet

Topics: Health Issues

Another study underscores the importance of considering the glycemic index of carbohydrates in addition to the quantity.

Foods with a low-glycemic index, which are digested relatively slowly and cause smaller increases in blood sugar, may protect the heart and blood vessels better than low-fat fare, according to the findings of a small study.

Researchers in Boston found that when obese people consumed as many carbohydrates with a low-glycemic index as they wanted, they lost just as much weight in 12 months as people who stuck with a conventional, calorie-restricted low-fat diet.

Carbohydrates with a low-glycemic index include foods such as nonstarchy vegetables, fruit, legumes, nuts and diary products, according to the report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition


Suggested readings:
Glycemic Index - The Index in Depth

Dietary Glycemic Index, Glycemic Load, Fiber, Simple Sugars, and Insulin Resistance: The Inter99 study.

Hat tip - Diabetologica

Posted by Hyscience at June 7, 2005 3:17 PM

Just for interest, the diet that Terri Schindler used to lose her weight under doctor supervision was a low GI diet.

The low GI diet has a lot of merit. Low carb diets and low fat diets are not balanced. The low GI diets look at the whole of the food scale and make recommendations in each group.

There is an excellent book that is available concerning speeding up one's metabolism. This book is a must read for people who need to lose weight and boost their metabolism at the same time. I have read another book written by an endocrinologist on a similar subject.

We should take it more seriously than we do at the present time.

Posted by: Maggie4Life at June 8, 2005 6:24 AM

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