High carbohydrate diet may induce obesity in some: Study

The study explains why a diet high in carbohydrates induces obesity and diabetes in some but not others. (Source: File Photo)

The study explains why a diet high in carbohydrates induces obesity and diabetes in some but not others. (Source: File Photo)

Researchers have identified a DNA mutation common in animals that may explain why a diet high in carbohydrates induces obesity and diabetes in some but not others. The study, published in the journal PLOS Genetics, showed a surprising difference between two sets of the fruit flies when feeding with alternate diets high in protein and high in carbohydrates.

Fruit fly larvae with a noted mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) mutation showed a pronounced increase in development when eating high carbohydrate diet of banana, but stagnated on a high protein diet of passion fruit, Xinhua news agency quoted the study as saying.

 

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