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David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Thursday, 19 July 2012

An increase in carbohydrates and decrease in saturated fats leads to a rise in heart attack risk

This study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2010 Jun;91(6):1764-8
Study title and authors:
Intake of carbohydrates compared with intake of saturated fatty acids and risk of myocardial infarction: importance of the glycemic index.
Jakobsen MU, Dethlefsen C, Joensen AM, Stegger J, Tjønneland A, Schmidt EB, Overvad K.
Department of Clinical Epidemiology Aarhus University Hospital, Aalborg, Denmark.
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The study aimed to investigate the risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack) associated with a higher intake from carbohydrates and a concomitant lower intake from saturated fats. The study included 53,644 participants who were followed for 12 years.

The study found that for every 5% increase in carbohydrate consumption and concomitant 5% decrease in saturated fat consumption there was a 4% increase in the risk of a heart attack.