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Carbs vs. glycemic index.

If you're trying to avoid diabetes, is it better to eat fewer carbs or to stick to carbs with a low glycemic index?

(Carbs with a high glycemic index, like white bread and sugary drinks, lead to a bigger spike in blood sugar than carbs with a low glycemic index, like beans and pasta.)

U.S. researchers randomly assigned 163 overweight or obese adults who didn't have diabetes to four different diets, each for five weeks.

Cutting carbs reduced glycated albumin and fructosamine--two indicators of blood sugar levels over a two-tothree-week period. Eating foods with a lower glycemic index had no effect on those indicators.

What to do: To lower your risk of diabetes, lose excess weight and exercise. And you're better off eating fewer carbs than eating carbs with a low glycemic index, e

BMJ Open Diabetes Res. Care 2016. doi:10.1136/ bmjdrc-2016-000276.

Caption: Cut carbs, not glycemic index, to lower blood sugar.

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Title Annotation:QUICK STUDIES
Publication:Nutrition Action Healthletter
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Jun 1, 2017
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