Switching bad fat for bad carbs ups heart risk: study

White bread, pasta and other carbs can cause blood sugar to spike

Cutting saturated fats while increasing intake of refined carbohydrates like white bread and pasta can be dangerous for heart health, according to new research from Denmark. Even so, reducing fatty acid intake while eating more whole grains, vegetables (other than potatoes), and other carbs that have a less dramatic effect on blood sugar can make for better heart health, Reuters reports. In an analysis of 21 studies involving 350,000 people, experts found “no significant evidence” that saturated fat alone increased heart disease risk, but authors of the analysis suggested that what people replaced fat calories with could be more important.


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