June 2012 Issue
Slow Carbs Counter Inflammation
Low-glycemic, slowly digested carbs, such as whole grains, legumes, and other high-fiber foods significantly reduce markers of inflammation linked with chronic disease, according to research from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. In a controlled, randomized feeding study, which included 80 healthy men and women (half of normal weight and half overweight or obese), participants completed two 28-day feeding periods: a diet with high-glycemic-load carbohydrates, such as white sugar, fruit in canned syrup, and white flour; and a diet with low-glycemic-load carbohydrates, such as whole-grain breads and cereals.
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