Carbohydrates linked to lung cancer

Carbohydrates linked to lung cancer

Carbohydrates, long blamed for fuelling obesity, have now been linked to lung cancer. A new study has revealed a 49 per cent increase in risk among people consuming a diet with a high glycemic index.

The index measures how quickly blood sugar levels are raised after a meal, and foods with a high GI include white bread or bagels, corn flakes and puffed rice. However, diets high in fruits and vegetables were found to decrease the risk.

Lead study author Dr Stephanie Melkonian, of University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, said: “We observed a 49 per cent increased risk of lung cancer among subjects with the highest daily GI compared to those with the lowest daily GI. Read more

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