High meat intake increases diabetes risk
Usually, when we think about foods that increase diabetes risk, we think of white flour-based processed foods, sugary sodas, and desserts, since these foods are known to produce dangerous increases in blood glucose. Also, many diabetics are under the impression that they should avoid carbohydrate-containing foods and eat higher levels of protein to keep their blood glucose levels in check. However, dietary factors associated with diabetes are not a simple question of carbohydrate vs. protein. Whole food sources of carbohydrate, like beans and whole grains, are protective. On the other hand, several studies have now confirmed that high intake of meat, which contains no carbohydrate, increases the risk of diabetes. In fact, a meta-analysis of 12 studies has revealed that high total meat intake increased type 2 diabetes risk 17 percent above low intake, high red meat intake increased risk 21 percent, and high processed meat intake increased risk 41 percent.For the complete article see the 01-09-2013 issue.
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