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Year: 2019 I  Volume: 7I  Issue:4I  Pages: 1246 –1291
 

Carbohydrates: Villain behind Cardiovascular Disease?

Karunadas Chakkalakal Prabhakaran, MD, DNB, DM, FESC

Additional Professor of Cardiology Government Medical College, Thrissur, Kerala

 

Abstract

Diet is known to be linked to health and diseases; over-eating and under-eating are both harmful. Over the years, our dietary pattern has changed. There are implications that excessive consumption of carbohydrates can lead to cardiovascular disease (CVD). There is a strong movement to decrease the intake of carbohydrates so as to reduce the occurrence of CVD. In the last 2 years, many studies have been published pertaining to this: some favoring the concept of intake of low dietary carbohydrates while others highlighting the ill effects of a low-carbohydrate diet. These studies give an estimate of the exact percentage of the total energy requirement that should be obtained from carbohydrates for beneficial effects. The present article discusses the recent data for and against carbohydrates, with the conclusion that neither a very high intake nor a very low intake of carbohydrate is good. Moreover, the beneficial range appears to be 50%–55% of the total calorie requirements be obtained from carbohydrates.

 
Keywords
Carbohydrates
Diet
Cardiovascular disease
Macronutrient
 
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