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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2005 12:47 pm    Post subject: Study links good carbs to healthier hearts Reply with quote

Study links good carbs to healthier hearts
Whole grains, vegetables reduce inflammation in the body

By Jane Weaver
Health editor
MSNBC
Updated: 10:21 a.m. ET May 2, 2005


If you miss eating pasta, go ahead, have some. Just make sure it's
whole-wheat pasta.

Certain types of carbohydrates may be good for the heart, according to
a new analysis of data from the Women's Health Study conducted by the
Harvard School of Public Health. The federally funded Women's Health
Study is a 10-year randomized trial testing the effects of aspirin and
vitamin E in reducing cardiovascular risk in approximately 40,000
women.

Women who ate high-fiber diets rich in fruits, vegetables and whole
grains were found to have lower levels of C-reactive protein, a
substance in the blood that has been linked to coronary heart disease,
the study found.

C-reactive protein plays key role
Most people recognize high cholesterol as a leading cause of heart
disease, but new data suggests that testing levels of the C-reactive
protein, produced by the liver, is equally important in predicting
coronary problems as well as Type 2, or adult onset, diabetes.

High CRP levels in the blood indicate a low-grade inflammation in the
body, a condition that is believed to play a role in heart attacks.
Inflammation develops when our bodies fight infection or injury and is
thought to contribute to or even cause atherosclerosis, or build-up of
fatty deposits in the arteries, according to the American Heart
Association.

Earlier research from the Women's Health Study found that women with
high levels of inflammation had a greater risk of heart attack or
stroke.


In the carbohydrate trial, Harvard researchers drew blood from 15,000
women and quizzed them about their diet habits, dividing participants
into groups based on their total fiber consumption and glycemic
index-the measure of how quickly carbs are absorbed into the body.

'Carbs are not all created equal'
The researchers found that the CRP levels of women whose diets
consisted primarily of refined grains were 10 percent higher than women
who consumed a lot of good carbs such as fiber-rich whole grains,
fruits and vegetables.

"Carbohydrates have gotten such bad press in the last couple of years,
but clearly carbs are not all created equal," says Emily Levitan, lead
researcher of the Harvard carbohydrate study.

The women who ate foods with the most soluble fiber like oats and oat
bran, dried beans, flax seeds, oranges and apples had less inflammation
in their body.

"What it means is women should switch to whole grains, start eating
brown rice instead of white, eat whole grain breads and whole grain
pasta, and also increase their intake of fruits and vegetables, other
than potatoes," says Levitan.

Other studies have linked good carbs with lower weight, but the Harvard
study is the largest to show that whole grains can reduce inflammation
in the body.

Bad carbs like white bread or refined pastas were linked with increased
blood inflammation, which could lead to heart disease later on, Levitan
says.

Once shunned as the starchy, hunger-causing enemy of lean dieters,
high-quality carbs are now major factors in the government's diet
guidelines.

But bad carbs like candy bars or processed white bread are still no-nos
when it comes to weight control and nutrition. Those sugar-rush carbs
are quickly turned into glucose by the body and end up causing you to
feel hungry again sooner.

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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2005 12:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Study links good carbs to healthier hearts Reply with quote

forgot the link:

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/7669096/

TC


TC wrote:
Quote:
Study links good carbs to healthier hearts
Whole grains, vegetables reduce inflammation in the body

By Jane Weaver
Health editor
MSNBC
Updated: 10:21 a.m. ET May 2, 2005


If you miss eating pasta, go ahead, have some. Just make sure it's
whole-wheat pasta.

Certain types of carbohydrates may be good for the heart, according
to
a new analysis of data from the Women's Health Study conducted by the
Harvard School of Public Health. The federally funded Women's Health
Study is a 10-year randomized trial testing the effects of aspirin
and
vitamin E in reducing cardiovascular risk in approximately 40,000
women.

Women who ate high-fiber diets rich in fruits, vegetables and whole
grains were found to have lower levels of C-reactive protein, a
substance in the blood that has been linked to coronary heart
disease,
the study found.

C-reactive protein plays key role
Most people recognize high cholesterol as a leading cause of heart
disease, but new data suggests that testing levels of the C-reactive
protein, produced by the liver, is equally important in predicting
coronary problems as well as Type 2, or adult onset, diabetes.

High CRP levels in the blood indicate a low-grade inflammation in the
body, a condition that is believed to play a role in heart attacks.
Inflammation develops when our bodies fight infection or injury and
is
thought to contribute to or even cause atherosclerosis, or build-up
of
fatty deposits in the arteries, according to the American Heart
Association.

Earlier research from the Women's Health Study found that women with
high levels of inflammation had a greater risk of heart attack or
stroke.


In the carbohydrate trial, Harvard researchers drew blood from 15,000
women and quizzed them about their diet habits, dividing participants
into groups based on their total fiber consumption and glycemic
index-the measure of how quickly carbs are absorbed into the body.

'Carbs are not all created equal'
The researchers found that the CRP levels of women whose diets
consisted primarily of refined grains were 10 percent higher than
women
who consumed a lot of good carbs such as fiber-rich whole grains,
fruits and vegetables.

"Carbohydrates have gotten such bad press in the last couple of
years,
but clearly carbs are not all created equal," says Emily Levitan,
lead
researcher of the Harvard carbohydrate study.

The women who ate foods with the most soluble fiber like oats and oat
bran, dried beans, flax seeds, oranges and apples had less
inflammation
in their body.

"What it means is women should switch to whole grains, start eating
brown rice instead of white, eat whole grain breads and whole grain
pasta, and also increase their intake of fruits and vegetables, other
than potatoes," says Levitan.

Other studies have linked good carbs with lower weight, but the
Harvard
study is the largest to show that whole grains can reduce
inflammation
in the body.

Bad carbs like white bread or refined pastas were linked with
increased
blood inflammation, which could lead to heart disease later on,
Levitan
says.

Once shunned as the starchy, hunger-causing enemy of lean dieters,
high-quality carbs are now major factors in the government's diet
guidelines.

But bad carbs like candy bars or processed white bread are still
no-nos
when it comes to weight control and nutrition. Those sugar-rush carbs
are quickly turned into glucose by the body and end up causing you to
feel hungry again sooner.

------

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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2005 2:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Study links good carbs to healthier hearts Reply with quote

"TC" <tunderbar@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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forgot the link:

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/7669096/

TC

Forget the sat fat, pork, and beef too.

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TC wrote:
Study links good carbs to healthier hearts
Whole grains, vegetables reduce inflammation in the body

By Jane Weaver
Health editor
MSNBC
Updated: 10:21 a.m. ET May 2, 2005


If you miss eating pasta, go ahead, have some. Just make sure it's
whole-wheat pasta.

Certain types of carbohydrates may be good for the heart, according
to
a new analysis of data from the Women's Health Study conducted by the
Harvard School of Public Health. The federally funded Women's Health
Study is a 10-year randomized trial testing the effects of aspirin
and
vitamin E in reducing cardiovascular risk in approximately 40,000
women.

Women who ate high-fiber diets rich in fruits, vegetables and whole
grains were found to have lower levels of C-reactive protein, a
substance in the blood that has been linked to coronary heart
disease,
the study found.

C-reactive protein plays key role
Most people recognize high cholesterol as a leading cause of heart
disease, but new data suggests that testing levels of the C-reactive
protein, produced by the liver, is equally important in predicting
coronary problems as well as Type 2, or adult onset, diabetes.

High CRP levels in the blood indicate a low-grade inflammation in the
body, a condition that is believed to play a role in heart attacks.
Inflammation develops when our bodies fight infection or injury and
is
thought to contribute to or even cause atherosclerosis, or build-up
of
fatty deposits in the arteries, according to the American Heart
Association.

Earlier research from the Women's Health Study found that women with
high levels of inflammation had a greater risk of heart attack or
stroke.


In the carbohydrate trial, Harvard researchers drew blood from 15,000
women and quizzed them about their diet habits, dividing participants
into groups based on their total fiber consumption and glycemic
index-the measure of how quickly carbs are absorbed into the body.

'Carbs are not all created equal'
The researchers found that the CRP levels of women whose diets
consisted primarily of refined grains were 10 percent higher than
women
who consumed a lot of good carbs such as fiber-rich whole grains,
fruits and vegetables.

"Carbohydrates have gotten such bad press in the last couple of
years,
but clearly carbs are not all created equal," says Emily Levitan,
lead
researcher of the Harvard carbohydrate study.

The women who ate foods with the most soluble fiber like oats and oat
bran, dried beans, flax seeds, oranges and apples had less
inflammation
in their body.

"What it means is women should switch to whole grains, start eating
brown rice instead of white, eat whole grain breads and whole grain
pasta, and also increase their intake of fruits and vegetables, other
than potatoes," says Levitan.

Other studies have linked good carbs with lower weight, but the
Harvard
study is the largest to show that whole grains can reduce
inflammation
in the body.

Bad carbs like white bread or refined pastas were linked with
increased
blood inflammation, which could lead to heart disease later on,
Levitan
says.

Once shunned as the starchy, hunger-causing enemy of lean dieters,
high-quality carbs are now major factors in the government's diet
guidelines.

But bad carbs like candy bars or processed white bread are still
no-nos
when it comes to weight control and nutrition. Those sugar-rush carbs
are quickly turned into glucose by the body and end up causing you to
feel hungry again sooner.

------

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