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June 8, 2005

Low-Glycemic Better Than Low-Fat Diet

Foods with a low-glycemic index, which cause smaller increases in blood sugar, may protect the heart and blood vessels better than a low-fat diet, according to the findings of a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Researchers found that when obese people consumed as many carbohydrates with a low-glycemic index as they wanted, they lost just as much weight in 12 months as people who stuck with a conventional, calorie-restricted low-fat diet.

People who followed the low glycemic diet also showed a larger decrease in blood fats linked to heart disease and lower levels of a protein that interferes with the body's ability to break down blood clots.

"Based on our results, and several dozen other clinical trials and epidemiological studies, I would recommend eating foods with a low-glycemic index", said Dr. David S. Ludwig, who is based at Children's Hospital in Boston.

In this study, 23 obese young adults followed either a low-fat diet or a diet in which they ate low-glycemic index foods for one year. As part of the low-glycemic index diet, people could eat as much as they wanted of foods with a low index, and got roughly 45 to 50 percent of calories from carbohydrates, and 30 to 35 percent from fat.

Ludwig noted that even though low-glycemic index dieters had no calorie limits, they likely didn't overeat because they felt less hunger after eating foods that take longer to digest.

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Serves: 13
Carbs Per Serving: 3g
Prep Time:<25 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

2 cups Walnuts
3 Egg Whites
3 Tbs. Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
1/2 tsp. Coconut cake flavoring
1/2 cup Steviva Brand Stevia Blend

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