High-Carbohydrate Diets linked to Array of Health Problems: Study

High-Carbohydrate Diets linked to Array of Health Problems: Study

As per a research published in journal PLOS ONE, a diet high in carbohydrates is more linked with heart disease and diabetes than the high-fat diet.

The study researchers unveiled that increasing the amount of saturated fat in diet does not drive up levels in the blood. Such is not the case with a diet rich in carbohydrates, as it increases the levels of fatty acid in the blood, which can further cause diabetes and heart disease.

Senior author Jeff Volek, a professor of human sciences at The Ohio State University, was of the view that the study findings are quite important, as it is very rare for a marker to closely track the carbohydrate intake.

In the study, the researchers made 16 participants to follow a strict dietary regime that continued for four and a half months. After every three weeks, their diets were changed in order to adjust carbohydrate and total fat and saturated fat levels.

The study researchers noticed that when carbohydrate level was reduced and saturated fat was increased then the latter did not increase in the blood. The fatty acid called palmitoleic acid was low when people were on low-cab diets and it gradually increased when carbohydrates were gradually increased.

It shows one thing that rising level of carbohydrates is being converted into fat rather than being burned by the body. "We had people eat two times more saturated fat than they had been eating before entering the study, yet when we measured saturated fat in their blood, it went down in the majority of people", said the study.

By the time the study ended, the participants saw improvements in blood glucose, insulin and blood pressure and they lost on an average of 10 kg. The study researchers affirmed that there is a widespread misunderstanding about saturated fat.