Not all carbohydrates are created equal. After all, everything from quinoa and blueberries to candy bars and soda have carbohydrates. In this review, researchers examined the links between diﬀerent types of carbohydrates and health. They concluded that whole grains are linked with numerous health beneﬁts, including lower cholesterol, body fat, and healthier blood sugar management, as well as lower risks of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, many cancers, and death from all causes. Given that much of the research on whole grains is done using more processed whole grain products (like breakfast cereals and breads), the authors note that more research is needed to determine if intact whole grains without as much added sugar may have even greater health beneﬁts.
BMJ. 2018 June 13. (Ludwig DS et al.) [Epub ahead of print.]