I can honestly say that it is very rare that patients truly understand what a refined carb is and how bad it is for health.
Which is disturbing considering that refined carbs are known to increase the risk of pretty much every chronic disease known to man. Regardless of what color it is, if a product contains enriched wheat flour, sugar or high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) it is REFINED and needs to be avoided.
You HAVE to read the ingredients label. It is sad that many “diet” websites that provide nutritional information do not actually list the ingredients!!
In this particular study, women eating a higher glycemic index diet (which would mean her diet is much higher in refined carbs instead of whole grains) had almost a 300% higher risk of dying from some type of inflammatory disease. And yet, society as a whole is not being educated on what a “refined carb” is. Abhorable.