Beata Rydyger, BSc, RHNRegistered Nutritionist based in Los Angeles, CA, not involved in the study, told MNT:

“The authors themselves suggest that increasing fiber intake and replacing refined grains and free sugars with whole grains and non-free sugars (natural sugars found in fruits for example), may prevent cardiovascular disease. This helps to further validate the idea that the quality, rather than quantity, of carbs that we eat is important for health.”

Dr. Higgens added: “Avoiding adding sugar to food or beverages can lead to reduced cardiovascular risk. In addition, increasing fiber and replacing refined sugars with wholegrain starch and non-free sugars may protect against cardiovascular disease.”

“So get rid of the sugar bowl from the table or coffee/tea room, and instead, get wholegrain starches (Wheat, oats, barley, rye and rice) and sugar from fresh fruits (e.g. bananas, raspberries, strawberries & red grapes) and vegetables instead,” he concluded.