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Low-fat or low-carb? It may not matter

Two new studies are weighing in on the ongoing debate about whether the best diet is low-fat or low-carbohydrate, but Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) nutrition expert Frank Hu says that no one diet can claim to be best for everyone.…

Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates: quality matters What’s most important is the type of carbohydrate you chose to eat because some sources are healthier than others. The amount of carbohydrate in the diet – high or low – is less important than the type of carbohydrate in the diet. For example, healthy, whole…

An ounce of prevention

May 2012 -- White rice is loved the world over—but too much of it is linked to skyrocketing rates of diabetes. Watch this video to see how ambitious interventions by Harvard School of Public Health researchers are making diets much healthier all around…

Confused about carbs? HSPH expert offers tips

Carbohydrates, a nutritional energy source found in many foods, are an important part of a healthy diet—as long as you stick to the good ones. But what constitutes a good or a bad carbohydrate is “the biggest lack-of-consensus issue in the U.S.…

Nutrition news: The good and bad of carbohydrates

Walter Willett, Fredrick John Stare professor of epidemiology and nutrition and chair, Department of Nutrition at HSPH, and Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology, are among nutrition experts interviewed by the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 20, 2010, on how to…

Can brown rice slow the spread of type 2 diabetes?

January 3, 2012 The worldwide spike in type 2 diabetes in recent decades has paralleled a shift in diets away from staple foods rich in whole grains to highly refined carbohydrates, such as white rice and refined flours. Now, a group of…

Eating white rice regularly may raise type 2 diabetes risk

Eating white rice on a regular basis may increase the risk for type 2 diabetes, according to new Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) research. HSPH researchers from the Department of Nutrition—led by Emily Hu, research assistant, and Qi Sun, research associate—reviewed…

Health Gains from Whole Grains

For millennia, the grains humans ate came straight from the stalk. That means they got a carbohydrate package rich in fiber, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, plant enzymes, hormones, and hundreds of other phytochemicals. Even after we learned how to grind grain, we…

Carbohydrates

Expert Answers to Readers' Questions What is the difference between the glycemic index and glycemic load? Where can I get information about the glycemic index of foods? What is the glycemic index of sugar substitutes like NutraSweet? Are high-carbohydrate diets good for…