It may be time to give up your morning bagel habit! A recent study conducted by scientists at the University of Texas MD Cancer Center found that people consuming a diet full of high-glycemic foods (white bread, white sugar), have a 49% higher risk of developing lung cancer.

The study was published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention and linked high glycemic index foods to lung cancer. The thought is that these foods cause your blood pressure and insulin to spike which causes a chain reaction in the body.

There are good carbs and bad carbs. For a list of high glycemic index foods, see the Harvard Health Site

The study did not find a link between the quantity of carbs, and according to Professor Xifang Wu, Professsor of Epidemiology, the absence of correlation between the two suggests that the quality of carbs consumed has the largest effect on lung cancer.

Lower your risk by making healthy lifestyle choices: avoid tobacco, excessive alcohol, exercise, and maintain a healthy diet filled with low glycemic index foods.

NewsJoanna Simmon