As you may or may not know by now, not all carbs are created equal. Countless studies have shown that eating complex carbohydrates in the form of fruits, some starches, and legumes can help you you lose weight. But a new study suggests that eating the wrong sorts of carbs can pose a serious risk to your health -- a risk you may have not even considered!
The study, published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention,
found that people whose diets included a large amount of high-glycemic foods -- like white bread, potatoes, and refined/processed foods, saw their risk for lung cancer increase by 49%!
Insane, right? Here's what's happening: high-glycemic foods spike your blood sugar and causes your body to produce more insulin. This increased level of insulin then produces proteins called insulin-growth factors which have been linked to a greater likelihood of lung cancer.
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For the purposes of the study, the researchers from the University of Texas Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, gathered 1,095 newly diagnosed lung cancer patients and 2,413 healthy people from clinics in the area, and analyzed their diets as well as other factors like smoking and physical activity level. Each participant was interviewed by medical staff, had their vital stats recorded, and filled out a questionnaire about their diets and habits.
The participants with the highest daily glycemic index had a 49% higher risk for developing lung cancer compared to those with the lowest daily glycemic index. Oddly, non-smokers in the highest glycemic group were twice as likely to develop the disease than non-smokers in the lowest group. Smokers in the high glycemic group had a 31% greater chance of developing lung cancer compared to smokers in the lowest glycemic group.
Before you start to panic, it is worth noting that this study included only non-Hispanic whites so we don't yet know how these findings would translate in other populations.
This is the largest study to date to investigate the link between carbs and lung cancer and provides more evidence that diet, both on its own and coupled with other factors, can play a role in your risk for cancer. The study's authors have noted that more research is needed to determine exactly what the link is between glycemic index and a risk for lung cancer.
Until that research is done, it is best to avoid simple carbs and eat a healthy, balanced diet. If need a hand balancing your eating habits, the BodyRock Meal Plan can help. This plan includes a detailed nutrition guide and a recipe book with over 70 offerings! Each week we provide you with a detailed grocery list so all you have to is grab the ingredients and follow along. We simplify healthy eating. Get your BodyRock Meal Plan here
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Source: Women's Health