Benefits of a Low Glycemic Index Diet


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Benefits of Moving to a Low Glycemic Index Diet

There are numerous benefits to eating a diet that is low in the Glycemic Index (GI). The GI is basically a scale that measures the amount of glycemic in a food and how it would affect our blood sugar levels. Foods low in the GI are at 55 or under, meaning these foods have less glucose and a less harsh impact on our bodies.

Eating a diet low in the Glycemic Index can lower your risk for various diseases and illnesses such as diabetes, coronary heart disease and some cancers. Eating foods low in GI can also help you maintain a healthy weight, which has many benefits of its own. A lot of diabetics and low carbohydrate dieters aim to eat a diet with foods that are low in GI. All foods do range in how much GI is there and, therefore, there are many different foods you can eat that have a low GI.

Here are Some Foods and Beverages Low in GI

Barley, Pasta, Beans, Lentils, Peas, Sweet Potatoes, Taro, Cherries, Grapefruits, Peaches, Apples, Pears, Plums, Oranges, Grapes, Kiwis, Bananas (not so ripe), Skim Milk, Plain Yogurt, Soy Drinks, Chick Peas

As you can see, there are a variety of foods and drinks to choose from when trying to select foods that are low in GI. This certainly doesn't mean that these are the only foods and drinks you can have. You can still eat some foods that are in the middle or even high in GI, you will just need to do it in moderation.

How to Begin a Diet Low in GI

Beginning a diet with foods low in GI is a smart choice for anyone, whether or not you already have diabetes or coronary heart disease. It has many benefits for you and your body. Maintain a balance of GI in your foods. There is no need to cut out all foods that are high in GI, you just need to eat more foods low in GI. Try starting by introducing two to three foods that are low in GI every day.

Some tips in starting a low GI diet

  • You can eat any fruits and vegetables

  • Cut down or eliminate foods high in sugar, salt, caffeine, alcohol and fat

  • Add water to your daily intake, the more the better

  • Eat more foods that are high in fibre

  • Add olive, fish, and some other healthy oils to your diet

The most important factor in eating a diet low in GI is eating a well-balanced, varied diet. Don't limit yourself too much. You want your body to enjoy all of the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants from a variety of foods. This is more about adding good foods to your diet than it is about limiting foods from your daily intake.

Variety is always the key to a healthy life. You might want to consult your nutritionist or medical professional about your new diet plans. They may have some wonderful pieces of advice for you and be able to help you along even more.

Copyright, Tarja Anchor; Kajava Therapist, Holistic Health Practitioner.


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