Friday, April 16, 2010

Sugary foods bad for the heart

Were you looking for a good reason to cut back on your sugar intake? Try this: a new study shows that women who consume large amounts of certain high-carbohydrate foods increase their risk of heart disease.

The study, which was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, showed an increased incidence of coronary disease in women -- but not men -- whose diet is rich in foods with a "high glycemic index," such as white bread, sweets and some sugary breakfast cereals. The study noted that all high-carbohydrate diets increase the levels of blood glucose and harmful blood fats known as triglycerides while reducing levels of protective HDL or "good" cholesterol, thereby increasing heart disease risk. But the researchers found not all carbohydrates have the same effect on blood glucose levels. They concluded that blood glucose and triglycerides were impacted more by foods with a high glycemic index, compared with other carbohydrates with a lower index, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

So there you go...add it to the list of reasons why a sugar-free lifestyle is the best dietary path to follow. Speaking of sugar-free, check out this yummy sucralose-sweetened dessert recipe. I whipped these up night to satisfy my sweet tooth and, well, I was a very happy camper! Good stuff.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars

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