Here’s Proof that Low Glycemic Eating Helps Prevent and Control Acne

There is a strikingly different occurrence of acne in fully modernized societies compared to populations with non-westernized diets.That’s what a study by Colorado State University researchers found.

Their study, entitled “Acne vulgaris: A Disease of Western civilization,” was published in the prestigious medical journal Archives of Dermatology (Vol. 138, pages 1584- 1590).

The researchers studied acne incidence in two populations: the Aché tribe of hunter-gatherers of Paraguay and the Kitavan Islanders of Papula, New Guinea. Not a single papule, pustule, or open comedone was observed during examinations for skin disorders in the entire Kitavan population, about 1,200 people. Of the 115 subjects in the hunter/gatherer tribe from Aché, Paraguay, no active cases of acne vulgaris were observed.

The non-westernized diets of both the Kitavan Islanders and the hunter/gatherers of Aché, Paraguay, consist of minimally-processed plant/animal foods, which are virtually devoid of western carbohydrates that lead to high glycemic levels which, in turn elevate insulin levels. Those two nonwesternized populations eat a naturally low glycemic diet and as a result maintain low blood sugars, healthy weights, and appear full of energy all day long.

Wow! Isn’t that a piece of interesting news!

It’s news that affects you because you can use the Glycemic Index (the GI) to lose weight, achieve healthy blood sugars, and control acne.

The Glycemic Index measures the potential of carbohydrate foods – and various combinations of carbohydrate and noncarbohydrate foods – to cause rapid increases in blood sugar. These blood sugar spikes are known as the glycemic load (GL).

The importance of the GL is a little-known secret.

Accumulating evidence suggests that low GI/GL diets may have a role in the prevention of diabetes, obesity, and – surprisingly – acne!

In study after study, scientists have been praising the healthy effects of low GI/GL eating. For instance, to study the effects of a low glycemic diet, researchers from the School of Applied Sciences of Australia’s Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology did a 12-week double blind randomized study. Participants ate two types of diets – 25 males (the control group) were allowed to eat carbohydrate dense (high glycemic) foods. The other group of 25 men followed a low glycemic diet. Before the study began, acne counts were made for each participant.

The results: After adjusting for variables, the reduction in total pimples and pus-filled pustules was significantly greater statistically in the low glycemic group compared to the control group.

The researchers also noted a greater reduction in total weight and body mass in low GI group!

Their article, published in 2007 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, had the tongue twisting title, “The effect of a high-protein, low glycemic-load diet versus a conventional, high glycemic-load diet on biochemical parameters associated with acne vulgaris: A randomized investigator-masked, controlled trial.” (Vol. 57, pages 247-256).

The medical literature reveals still other studies that back up the health effects of low glycemic eating. For instance, in 2003 in a medical journal named Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders, medical researchers wrote:

“In clinical studies, low-GL diets produced less hunger, promoted more weight loss, and improved markers of glycemic control and cardiovascular disease risk compared to the usual, high-GL (glycemic load) diet.”

They entitled their article, “A Proposal for a New National Diet” (Vol. 1, issue 3, pages 199-208).

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Posted by on October 13th, 2008

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