Associations of dietary glycaemic index and glycaemic load with food and nutrient intake and general and central obesity in British adults

Kentaro Murakami, Tracy Ann McCrorie, M Barbara E Livingstone

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Abstract

Inconsistent associations between dietary glycaemic index (GI) and glycaemic load (GL) and body fatness may be partly due to differences in the underlying dietary patterns or energy under-reporting. In the present study, we examined the cross-sectional associations of dietary GI and GL with food and nutrient intake and general and central obesity, accounting for energy under-reporting. The subjects were 1487 British adults aged 19-64 years. Dietary intake was assessed using a 7 d weighed dietary record. Breads and potatoes were the positive predictive foods for dietary GI, while fruit, other cereals and dairy products were the negative predictors. These foods were similarly identified in the analysis of only acceptable reporters (AR; ratio of reported energy intake:estimated energy requirement within 0-665-1-335) and under-reporters (UR; ratio <0-665). Dietary GL was closely correlated with carbohydrate intake. Multiple linear regression analyses showed that dietary GI was independently associated with a higher risk of general obesity (BMI = 30 kg/m2) and central obesity (waist circumference = 102 cm in men and = 88 cm in women). Dietary GL was also associated with general (only women) and central obesity. Similarly, in the analysis of AR, the GI showed positive associations with general and central obesity, and, only in women, the GL showed positive associations with general and central obesity. Conversely, in the analysis of UR, the associations were generally weaker and many of them failed to reach statistical significance. In conclusion, we found independent positive associations of dietary GI and GL with general and central obesity in British adults.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2047 - 2057
Number of pages11
JournalBritish Journal of Nutrition
Volume110
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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