oa Cardiovascular Journal of Africa - Coronary artery disease .and glucose toxicity - the role of refined foods

Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1995-1892
  • E-ISSN: 1680-0745



Eight volunteers who had been on a post-coronary rehabilitation programme for more than 1 year at the Sports Research Institute, University of Pretoria, were placed on an elimination and rotation diet. The diet eliminated all refined, processed, manufactured and fried foods in order to reduce the rapid absorption of glucose and the resultant insulin reaction. One or two types of foods, in their natural state, were eaten at each meal. No item of food was repeated in any 1 week; the foods eaten were thus rotated. Beverages, especially those containing caffeine, were not allowed. The diet resulted in a significant lowering of blood pressure and serum lipid levels compared with 8 controls who continued with the normal rehabilitation programme. The ischaemic pattern on the electrocardiogram of 2 of the trialists improved within 5 weeks.

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