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Healthy Heart Reports

Carbohydrates And Hdl Cholesterol

Exciting new research shows that starchy and sugary foods lower blood levels of the good HDL cholesterol that helps prevent heart attacks.

HDL is good because it carries extra cholesterol from the blood stream to the liver where it is broken down before it can form -plaques in arteries. We used to think that taking in extra of any type of carbohydrates lowers blood levels of the good HDL cholesterol and we made no distinction between sugar and flour products that are absorbed rapidly, and unrefined carbohydrates such as beans, whole grains, vegetables and even fruits.

An article in today's Lancet shows that foods such as bakery products, pastas, potatoes and sugary desserts that cause a rapid rise in blood sugar, are the ones that lower blood levels of the good HDL cholesterol, while carbohydrates such as whole grains and beans that cause a low ride in blood sugar do not lower blood levels and may even raise HDL cholesterol levels and help prevent heart attacks. So, you lower blood levels of the good HDL cholesterol by eating bakery products, sugary foods, pastas, roots such a potatoes and refined carbohydrates such as corn flakes. You raise blood levels of the good HDL by eating whole grains, beans, vegetables and many fruits.

Lancet March 27, 1999

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Dr. Mirkin's opinions and the references cited are for information only, and are not intended to diagnose or prescribe. For your specific diagnosis and treatment, consult your doctor or health care provider.

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