Many diets are offered in the health market. But these too seem to be associated with increased risks for the heart and blood vessels.
Carbohydrates are not all the same
There are important differences. Simple carbohydrates break down into glucose more quickly, causing blood sugar to suddenly spike. These sugars are found in white flour products, candy, and sweet drinks.
Complex carbohydrates such as starch or fiber are more difficult to break down and therefore lead to a moderate increase in blood sugar levels in the body. Every food causes its own rise in blood sugar, also known as the glycemic index. It is crucial for the health effects.
The occurrence of diseases such as obesity, high blood pressure , cardiovascular diseases or diabetes are very often associated with an excessive diet of simple carbohydrates. As a result, many illnesses can be prevented by choosing the right carbohydrates, because not all sugar causes illness.
What are the risks of eating excessive carbohydrates?
A diet high in consumption of short-chain or so-called simple carbohydrates can significantly increase the risk of premature death (eg, 25% increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease). For patients with previous cardiac damage, the risk even doubles, to 51%. Consumption of highly processed grain products also leads to a 27% increase in premature death. It is alarming that so-called cereals such as cornflakes also lead to the triggers.
The risk of dying from cardiovascular disease or stroke increases to 47%. Alternatives such as whole grain products or white rice do not increase the risk. People with a high body mass index (BMI), meaning overweight people, suffer from an increased cardiovascular risk compared to the normal weight population.
An important aspect in the overall context is the realization that an unhealthy diet cannot be compensated for by sport.
The negative effects of “unhealthy carbohydrates” affect competitive athletes as well as those who are not athletic. It is actually not possible to do that much sport at all in order to neutralize the negative influences of a wrong diet. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t exercise! Anyone who assumes that the problem of unhealthy nutrition is limited to affluent society is mistaken, because developing countries are also familiar with this problem.
What does a balanced diet look like?
A healthy diet can create a healthy society. Food choices are a key factor in disease development. Enlightenment is necessary.
The solution is to eat foods that are unprocessed, especially fruits, vegetables, and whole grains that are high in fiber, regardless of their carbohydrate content. Extensively processed foods are always harmful.