Subject: New Research Links Blood Sugar Levels and Cancer
April 09, 2007
Dear ND Friends,
A recent study revealed a newly discovered link between elevated blood
sugar levels and the risk of developing cancer. Further research is needed to
confirm this preliminary finding, but I think we'll be hearing much more about
this in the near future. In the meantime, though, it gives us one more reason
to pay attention to how dietary choices affect blood sugar levels. Maintaining
a healthy blood sugar level also lowers your risk of diabetes, heart disease,
But some of the commentary that accompanied this news story points out
just how much confusion and misunderstanding there is on this topic. For
example, the news media quoted a physician who recommended that people who
wanted to maintain healthy blood sugar levels switch from white rice to brown
rice because whole grains are thought to cause a smaller rise in blood sugar
than refined grains.
But as I commented on the
Blog, the difference in the effects of whole grains and refined grains on
blood sugar is much less than most people think! When it comes to
high-carbohydrate foods such as breads, pastas, and grains, the size of the
portion is far more important than whether the food is whole grain or
ND can help you understand how foods affect blood sugar levels. As a
start, read our articles about the
load. We also have tools that will help you manage this aspect of your
diet. For every food, recipe, and total consumption report, ND includes the
estimated glycemic load as part of its complete nutritional analysis.
To your health,
Chief Nutrition Advisor, NutritionData.com
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