on Wednesday, 11 May 2011.
What does “Low GI” really mean? And how important is it for your health?
The Glycemic Index is a scientific ranking of how the foods we eat affect our blood sugar levels in the 2 or 3 hours after eating. This index is measured against pure glucose, which has a value of 100 on the index. The index ranges from 0 to 100 and uses the following scale:-
0-55 = Low-GI 56-69 = Moderate-GI 70-100 = High-GI
High GI (70-100)
These are carbohydrates that break down quickly during digestion, release blood sugar rapidly into the bloodstream, and cause large fluctuations in blood sugar levels.Medium GI (56-69)
These are carbohydrates that break down moderately during digestion and release blood sugar moderately into the bloodstream.Low GI (0-55)
These are carbohydrates that break down slowly during digestion, release blood sugar gradually into the bloodstream, and keep blood sugar levels steady. Low GI foods have proven health benefits.
Why Low GI?
More and more studies are being carried out by medical scientists to show the long term health benefits of eating low GI foods. The results are amazing:-
Some interesting facts to consider:-
Choosing a Low GI diet can help to reduce the staggering figures show above. We have put together a sample list of foods that are Low GI and could help you on the way to better health:-
When you are choosing Low GI foods, make sure you look at full ingredient lists, as low GI on a label may not necessarily mean low fat. Try to avoid processed foods, eat fresh!
Your local Farmers Market is the perfect place to find fresh, healthy produce, direct from growers!
For more information on the Glycemic Index, news, studies and information sources, visit http://www.glycemicindex.com/
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