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March 04, 2021 Thursday 05:28:56 PM IST

Poor Quality Carbs Harmful for Heart

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A new study done by McMaster University and the University of Toronto has shown that among people living in five continents has shown that consumption of poor quality carbohydrates poses a higher risk of heart attacks, strokes, and death. The study was conducted among 137,851 people aged between 35 to 75 years of age. The glycemic index of food consumed (ranking of food based on their effect on blood sugar levels) and glycemic load (amount of carbohydrates in food times its glycemic index) were estimated. There were 8780 deaths and 8252 major cardiovascular events recorded among the participants during the follow-up period. Those people consuming a diet in the highest 20 percent of the glycemic index were 50% more likely to have a cardiovascular attack, stroke, or death if they had a pre-existing heart condition or 20 percent more likely to have an event if they did not have a pre-existing condition.