We all love a good hearty bagel, but studies have now revealed that your favourite morning treat could in fact be putting you at risk of lung cancer. The discovery comes after scientists found that people who eat a diet rich in foods with a high glycemic index (GI) are at more risk of lung cancer than people who smoked.
The study looked at people who had been diagnosed with lung cancer and compared them to a group of healthy participants, separating them out by their smoking habits. Researchers discovered that the participants in the group who had never smoked, and who also ate a high GI diet, had a 50% increased chance of getting lung cancer… Woah. Scary stuff.
In case you’re wondering, ‘GI’ represents how quickly food converts to glucose, so the higher the GI, the more glucose and insulin that is released into the bloodstream. This causes your body’s cells to rapidly grow and spread through the body, increasing the risk of cancer. But it’s not just bagels that are on the high-risk list – other culprits are rice, pasta and potatoes.
Now, we know what you’re thinking – that’s all the best carby treats struck off. But don’t worry – this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your weekly Sunday roast, but instead, try and apply the once a week or every-so-often rule when it comes to consuming those high GI carbs.
And if you really can’t bear the thought of going a day without your favourite carbs, there are lots of alternatives that taste just as good. If you’re in the mood for a jacket potato, you can always opt for a sweet potato instead. And for those of you who enjoy rice, head for bulgur or cauliflower rice instead – trust us, you won’t be able to taste the difference.
Now that we are armed with all of this info, we think it’s time to rethink our food game!