Eating healthy is the most important thing you can do for yourself and your body, according to the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CAS).
But not all healthy eating is created equal.
Eating well is key to maintaining good health, but not all eating is good.
For example, the more carbs and fat you eat, the less your body will get from those carbs and fats, according a recent study by researchers at the University of Washington.
The study found that people who ate the most carbs, especially high-fat foods, tended to get more calories from those foods than people who consumed less carbs.
If you’re a healthy-eating vegetarian, for example, you might think that eating plenty of veggies, fruits and whole grains will help you lose weight and stay healthy.
But the Harvard researchers concluded that such foods actually can increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Eating too much of any food, even if it’s healthy, can also raise your risk for obesity.
For that reason, eating more vegetables, fruits, whole grains and other whole foods is important.
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In the study, participants were asked to eat about four servings of low-carbohydrate, low-fat, and low-glycemic-index (GI) foods daily, with the goal of maintaining a weight of less than 30 percent of their body weight.
Each serving of the low-GI foods was comprised of a small portion of each of the following four foods: 1/2 cup of cooked white rice, whole-wheat pasta, cooked lentils, cooked beans, cooked chickpeas, or 1/4 cup of green beans.
Participants were also given the option to eat an additional two servings of the other two low- GI foods, including one serving of cooked chicken.
The researchers also gave the participants the option of choosing one of four different types of low GI foods: a “healthy” low-protein diet, a “low-glycaemic index” low carbohydrate diet, and a “high-glycatic index” diet.
The low-gut foods included: vegetables, legumes, fruits (e.g., avocados), whole grains, beans, and potatoes.
The high-guts foods included (e:g.): whole grains (including whole wheat, whole barley, rye, barley, corn, or oat bran), nuts, seeds, and seeds of fruit, nuts and seeds, olive oil, and peanut butter.
After eating the low GI food, participants also were given the opportunity to choose between the other three low-GIs or the “healthy low-GLI diet.”
Participants were then asked to complete a questionnaire about their daily physical activity.
They were then given a food diary and asked to fill out a questionnaires on their overall health and fitness, their weight, height, and blood pressure.
These questions were also recorded and analyzed.
For each participant, the researchers compared their dietary habits with their baseline scores on the baseline questionnaire, which was completed in March of 2014.
The participants who were overweight and obese had significantly higher baseline scores than those who were normal weight and in good health.
The authors also found that those who ate more calories had a lower baseline score than those with a low-carbs diet.
“Our findings suggest that low-energy intake may be more harmful to health than a low glycemic index low carbohydrate or low glycaemic-index low protein diet,” the researchers concluded.
This finding is similar to that of a previous study published in March in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which found that consuming more than four servings a day of vegetables and fruits (as well as eating one serving at a time of beans, lentils or pasta) was associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetic disease in people with diabetes.
The new Harvard study is the first to directly link low-glucose-index foods to diabetes risk.
The Harvard researchers note that they were able to control for many factors, including age, sex, ethnicity, body mass index, waist circumference, waist-to-hip ratio, and cholesterol level.
The results were also consistent with those of a 2014 study published by researchers from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) that found eating more than two servings a week of processed foods and high-GI carbs is linked to diabetes, although it’s not clear whether eating the same amount of high-glycerol foods leads to an increased risk of diabetes.
“Low-GI, low carbohydrate diets have the potential to be the key strategy to prevent and manage type 2 [diabetes] risk,” said Dr. John C. Cacioppo, the Harvard professor who led the study.
“The current study confirms that low glycolytic-index, high carbohydrate diets are associated with higher risk for type 2 Diabetes, but that there is no evidence that these diets will prevent