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Low glycaemic index diet fails to reduce cardiovascular risk factors, study shows

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g7719 (Published 18 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7719
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Overweight people eating a low glycaemic index diet show no difference in cardiovascular risk factors or insulin sensitivity compared with those consuming a high glycaemic index diet, a randomised trial has shown.

The glycaemic index is a property of some carbohydrate containing foods determined by how much they raise blood glucose concentration. Some nutrition policies recommend low glycaemic index diets but the effects on cardiovascular disease risk factors are unclear.

Researchers, led by Frank Sacks, professor of …

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