According to a study conducted by specialists from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in the USA, the consumption of slow carbohydrates is associated with a decrease in the level of C-reactive protein, which is a biomarker of inflammatory processes. Its concentration drops by about 22 percent. Scientists note that this aspect is very important, since C-reactive protein is associated with an increased risk of developing many types of cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
Foods containing slow carbohydrates have a low glycemic index. This means that they are slowly digested, and such a slow assimilation does not allow blood sugar to rise sharply. An increased concentration of sugar in the blood is one of the mechanisms that trigger inflammatory processes in the body that contribute to the occurrence of cancerous tumors.
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Scientists experimented with dozens of volunteers, partly overweight, partly slender. In random order, people were asked to eat in accordance with different diets – with slow or fast carbohydrates. Researchers found that overweight people who ate foods with slow carbohydrates had increased levels of the hormone adiponectin in their blood. According to experts, this hormone "plays a key role in protecting against certain types of cancer, type 2 diabetes and liver diseases."
Experts recommend that you necessarily include in your daily diet foods rich in slow carbohydrates – these are, first of all, lentils, beans and other legumes, as well as whole grains.