Choosing the Right Carbs Can Have Health Benefits
Whole grains have more nutrients, protein, and fiber than refined grains
While carbohydrates are often to blame for weight gain and other unwanted health problems, it's important to know that they're not all bad for you. In fact, a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that healthy carbs such as barley can actually improve health by lowering blood sugar (glucose) levels, which may help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Whole grains good for glucose
In this new study, 10 men (average age 21 years) ate an evening meal of white bread or cooked barley kernels. The next morning they were given a glucose drink and had various blood tests including measurement of glucose and insulin levels. Results showed:
Tips for healthy eatingCarbohydrates are essential for fueling the body and mind with energy. But it is true that some carbohydrates are healthier for you than others. Healthy carbohydrates can improve your health but processed carbohydrates high in sugar and low in fiber can worsen glucose levels and your health. Here are some tips for healthy eating:
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Jane Hart, MD, board-certified in internal medicine, serves in a variety of professional roles including consultant, journalist, and educator. Dr. Hart, a Clinical Instructor at Case Medical School in Cleveland, Ohio, writes extensively about health and wellness and a variety of other topics for nationally recognized organizations, Web sites, and print publications. Sought out for her expertise in the areas of integrative and preventive medicine, she is frequently quoted by national and local media. Dr. Hart is a professional lecturer for healthcare professionals, consumers, and youth and is a regular corporate speaker.