Healthy fats help curb cravings for unhealthy carbs

Eating more healthy fats like nuts and full-fat dairy can help reduce cravings for unhealthy carbohydrates like white bread and sugary cereal, David Ludwig, professor of nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said in an October 17, 2017 CNN interview. Unhealthy carbs cause blood glucose fluctuations that can contribute to weight gain and also metabolic syndrome, which increases the risk for heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.

“Many high-fat foods are luscious and do not cause an insulin release, so they keep your blood sugar much more stable,” Ludwig said. Examples include nuts, nut butters, avocado, olive oil, dark chocolate and full-fat dairy.

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