I have been on a low Glycemic Index (GI) diet in order to control my sugar as I have gestational diabetes. The more I research this, the more I realize that it is a very good meal plan to incorporate in our daily lives. Each food is assigned an index number from 1-100, with 100 as the reference score for pure glucose. Typically, foods are rated high (greater than 70), low (less than 55) or moderate (56-69).
People are encouraged to eat from the low glycemic index which generally tends to be healthier, nutrient rich, and less refined. Eating from the low glycemic bucket definitely brings your sugar down, avoids mood swings, and the theory is that if it controls the sugar for diabetic people, then it should work for weight control.
The meal plans provided by e-diets are based on the same principle. So why pay these diet companies when you can look it up on an index and incorporate the appropriate food items in your daily health plan.
There are lots of benefits of eating a low GI diet. Some of benefits are:
- Low GI carbs improve diabetes control
- Low GI carbs help you control your weight or even help in reducing it.
- Low GI carbs can reduce the risk of heart disease
- Low GI carbs reduce blood cholesterol levels
- Low GI carbs reduce hunger and keep you fuller for longer
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