Are Carbs Bad? Think Again!

Yet another study, published this week, showed a reduction in death in people who consumed whole grains.

No, unfortunately that is not the muffin at the coffee shop (believe me I checked!) but whole grains that can also be found in rice, bread, pasta and breakfast cereals. Some examples are whole wheat (and whole wheat flour), whole cornmeal, whole rye, whole barley, bulgar, buckwheat, brown rice, bran, psyllium to mention a few.

The description Whole refers to the nutrients and phytochemicals that live in the outer layers of grains (in refined carbohydrates this good stuff is stripped off during the milling process).  Numerous studies have shown whole grains to have beneficial effects on blood cholesterol and lipids, blood pressure, glucose metabolism, inflammation and antioxidant activity as well as being associated with reduced risk of heart disease.

The study published this week in JAMA showed that each additional serving of whole grains was associated with a 5% lower mortality and 9% lower cardiovascular mortality.

So are carbs bad? Should we go “low carb”? I say no! As long as we chose the right carbohydrates: fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

 

Dr. Adrienne Youdim is a Physician Nutrition Specialist in Beverly Hills, CA.

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