Carbs tend to get a bad rap – but not all carbs are created the same and do not behave the same way in our body.
The glycemic index ranks the effects of carbohydrates on blood glucose levels from low to high. There are some carbohydrates that break down slowly in the body an release glucose gradually into the blood stream. These are low on the glycemic index. A food that is on the lower glycemic index means it has a slower rate of digestion and in turn means the sugars and starch absorb slower.
Eating foods that are on the high gi scale can be quite harmful to your health. High gi foods raise your blood sugar and put pressure on your system to work harder. If you try to eat mainly low gi foods then you will feel fuller for longer and it has many benefits.
- Improve diabetes control
- Reduce the risk of heart disease
- Reduce blood cholesterol levels
- Helps with endurance during exercise
- Helps you lose and control weight
- Help minimize energy crashes by keeping sugar levels optimum
Below is the gi index. If you eat more low and medium GI foods you will have more energy, you will not have sugar cravings and you could find weight dropping off.
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