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Researchers in Italy followed more than 47,000 people for an average of almost eight years. Diet questionnaires completed at the beginning of the study assessed the amount of carbohydrates and high-glycemic-index and low-glycemic-index foods in the participants’ diets, and their overall dietary glycemic load (another measure of the effects of diet on blood sugar levels). The researchers noted the following:
While these findings show that a high-carbohydrate diet can put women at risk for heart disease, it is important to note that complex, low-glycemic-index carbohydrates are not the culprits.
“Our finding that only carbohydrates from high-glycemic-index foods increased cardiac risk suggests that the quality of the carbohydrates is more important than the amount when it comes to preventing heart disease,” said study co-author Dr. Vittorio Krogh of the Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori in Milan, Italy.
Keeping in mind that high-calorie, high-carbohydrate foods with high-glycemic-index values raise the dietary glycemic load and increase women’s heart disease risk, here are some tips to help women choose heart-healthy carbohydrates:
(Arch Intern Med 2010;170:640–7)
|Supplement Facts |
Serving Size: 2 Softgels
|Amount Per Serving||%DV|
|Calories From Fat||18|
|Total Fat||2 g||3%*|
|Saturated Fat||480 mg||2%*|
|Polyunsaturated Fat||680 mg|
|Monounsaturated Fat||840 mg|
|Vitamin D||100 IU||25%|
|Total Omega-3 Fatty Acids||500 mg||**|
|EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid)||180 mg||**|
|DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid)||220 mg||**|
|Other Omega-3 Fatty Acids (Docosapentaenoic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Heneicosapentaenoic Acid)||100 mg||**|
|Total Omega-5 Fatty Acids (Myristoleic Acid)||1 mg||**|
|Total Omega-6 Fatty Acids (Linoleic Acid, Octadecatetraenoic Acid, Arachidonic Acid)||140 mg||**|
|Total Omega-7 Fatty Acids (Palmitoleic Acid)||100 mg||**|
|Total Omega-9 Fatty Acids (Margaroleic Acid, Oleic Acid, Eicosatrienoic Acid, Gadoleic Acid, Erucic Acid, Nervonic Acid)||660 mg||**|
|*Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. |
**Daily Value (DV) not established.
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