Using glycemic index to choose food may not have any benefit on heart health

December 18, 2014 2:28 AM

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Relais de l’Entrecote’s famous steak frites meal in Paris. — AFP picCOLUMBIA, Dec 18 — Diets that classify high-carb foods by how much they increase blood sugar don’t improve risk factors for diabetes or cardiovascular disease as previously thought, according to a new study.

“The study results were very surprising,” says lead author Frank M. Sacks, MD, a physician and researcher in Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Channing Division of Network Medicine. “Our findings demonstrated that using glycemic index to select specific foods did not improve LDL cholesterol, HDL choles...

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