For the first time in medical history, researchers have been able to visualize what happens inside our arteries before, during and after eating high carb foods.
And it ain’t a pretty sight.
Looking inside the arteries of students eating a variety of foods, Dr. Michael Shechter ( Tel Aviv University) visualized exactly what happens inside the body when the wrong foods for a healthy heart are eaten.
Dr. Shechter continues by stating that the elasticity of arteries anywhere in the body can be a measure of heart health. And when aggravated over time, a sudden expansion of the artery wall can cause a number of negative health effects, including reduced elasticity, which can cause heart disease or sudden death.
So, let’s recap:
High GI foods (bread, sugar, desserts, pop, pizza, cereal, 99% of the food sold at any fast food restaurant…) leads to distended brachial arteries which can lead to heart attacks which can lead to death.
Using 56 healthy volunteers, the researchers looked at four groups.
Over four weeks, Dr. Shechter applied his method of “brachial reactive testing” to each group. The test uses a cuff on the arm, like those used to measure blood pressure, which can visualize arterial function in real time.
The results were dramatic. Before any of the patients ate, arterial function was essentially the same. After eating, except for the placebo group, all had reduced functioning.
Enormous peaks indicating arterial stress were found in the high glycemic index groups: the cornflakes and sugar group.
“We knew high glycemic foods were bad for the heart. Now we have a mechanism that shows how,” says Dr. Shechter. “Foods like cornflakes, white bread, french fries, and sweetened soda all put undue stress on our arteries. We’ve explained for the first time how high glycemic carbs can affect the progression of heart disease.”
During the consumption of foods high in sugar, there appears to be a temporary and sudden dysfunction in the endothelial walls of the arteries.
Endothelial health can be traced back to almost every disorder and disease in the body.
It is “the riskiest of the risk factors,” says Dr. Shechter.
So how come my doctor tells me to eat cereal for breakfast?