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Research: Carb ‘addiction’ swelling waistlines


January 20, 2009
By Canwest News Service

Jan. 20, 2009 – Carb addiction is real, according to researchers who fear that by
taking fat out of snacks, food producers are replacing it with more
carbohydrates and making them even more addictive.

Jan. 20, 2009 – Carb addiction is real, according to researchers who fear that by
taking fat out of snacks, food producers are replacing it with more
carbohydrates and making them even more addictive.

Addiction to high glycemic index (GI) foods – which includes white
bread, white bagels, white rice and breakfast cereals – is playing a
key role in why people are getting fatter, researchers from New Zealand
say.

The glycemic index is a measure of how fast and by how much a food raises blood sugar and insulin levels.

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"GI may be the element of food that, like nicotine in cigarettes,
predicts its addictive potential," the researchers write in the
journal Medical Hypotheses.
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