FLARE answers your health and fitness questions


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Q: I eat lots of carbs. Is this unhealthy?

A: If you regularly eat a lot of foods loaded with simple carbs (such as white bread and french fries), your heart suffers. Groundbreaking new research from Tel Aviv University has uncovered what happens in your body when you eat this kind of fare: these high-glycemic-index foods rapidly expand the arterial walls and, as a result, over time, your arteries lose elasticity, which increases your risk for developing heart problems. Give your diet a healthy makeover by eating more complex carbs instead (aka ones that have a low glycemic index, which means your body digests and absorbs them slowly), such as oatmeal, fruit, veggies and nuts.

Featuring: George Chaker and Rita Najm of Diesel Fitness
Videographer/editor/music: Mike Armitage
Producer: Kali Pearson