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David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Friday, 1 April 2011

Cornflakes make the blood flow sluggish

This post features a synopsis of a study published in the J Am Coll Cardiol, 2009; 53:2283-2287 and a recipe for scrambled egg.

Study title and authors:
The Acute Effect of Various Glycemic Index Dietary Carbohydrates on Endothelial Function in Nondiabetic Overweight and Obese Subjects
Talya Lavi, RD*, Avraham Karasik, MD*,, Nira Koren-Morag, PhD, Hannah Kanety, PhD*,, Micha S. Feinberg, MD, and Michael Shechter, MD, MA,,*
* Institute of Endocrinology, Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel

This study can be accessed at:
Life Without Bread: How a Low-Carbohydrate Diet Can Save Your LifeThe objective of the study was to explore the effect of glycemic-index dietary carbohydrates on blood flow.

Four meals were assessed:
(1) placebo (water)
(2) glucose (high glycemic)
(3) cornflakes (high glycemic)
(4) high-fiber cereal (low glycemic)

The results of the study showed:
(a) blood glucose levels were significantly higher after glucose and cornflakes (high glycemic) compared with the low glycemic meal.
(b) high glycemic meals (glucose and cornflakes) reduced blood flow more than the low glycemic meal.
Lavi concluded that high-compared with low-glycemic carbohydrate consumption significantly suppresses blood flow, which suggests a mechanism whereby high-glycemic meals may enhance cardiovascular risk.

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Recipe of the day

Scrambled Egg
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Organic Soy-free Omega 3 Eggs (4 dozen)Ingredients:
1 Egg
1 Egg Yolk
1 tb cream
pinch sea salt
2 t butter

Beat egg, egg yolk, cream and salt thoroughly with a wire whisk.

Melt butter in a heavy skillet. Add beaten egg mixture and stir constantly with a wooden spoon until egg is scrambled.

Serve immediately.