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Beware 'bad carbs' dieters told.

AVOIDING the wrong kind of carbohydrates could be the key to the ultimate diet, new research suggests.

An animal study provided such clear evidence of the diet's health benefits that scientists are now recruiting volunteers for a large-scale human trial.

It showed that the "Atkins alternative" can lead to weight loss, reduced body fat, and reduced risk factors for diabetes and heart disease.

The traditional Atkins diet seeks to minimise consumption of all kinds of carbohydrates.

But the low glycaemic index (low GI) diet distinguishes between "good" and "bad" carbs.

Foods with a low glycaemic index are low in sugar, or release sugar slowly.

High GI carbohydrates, such as white bread, refined breakfast cereals, and concentrated sugars, are rapidly digested and cause a surge of blood glucose and insulin.

Low GI carbohydrates release their sugar more slowly and avoid the glucose and insulin "spike". They include whole grains, most fruits, vegetables, nuts and beans.

The results from the American study were published today in the Lancet medical journal.
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