Lifestyle 01: Glycemic Index
So I am beginning my first article with Glycemic Index, I was not aware with this term before but now I have enough information to share.
What is Glycemic Index?
Glycemic Index measures the carbohydrate-rich foods by the amount they elevate blood glucose levels compared to a standard food.
Glycemic index measures the carbohydrate-rich foods on a scale from 0 to 100 according to the extent to which they raise blood sugar levels.
Why it is important?
Foods with a low Glycemic Index digest more slowly and release sugar gradually into the bloodstream, keeping blood sugar stable.
Foods with a high Glycemic Index are those which are rapidly digested, absorbed and metabolised and results in high fluctuations in blood sugar (glucose) levels.
Monitoring your GI is one of the key secrets to long-term healthy life, reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. It is also one of the keys to maintaining weight loss.
It may also help to control your cholesterol level and appetite.
It is healthy to choose low GI foods but avoid over eating. IT IS PART OF HEALTHY EATING.
For a healthy lifestyle you also have to :
• Eat regularly
• Choose food from all groups
• Control sugar and sweets
• Reduce the amount of fat you eat
• Include foods high in fibre
• Limiting salt
Best practice to check your glucose before and 2 hours after a meal is the best way to know how your body handles the meal.
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