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Low Glycemic Diet

What is Low Glycemic Diet? Thanks in advance for your answers?
(May 13, 2008)

Carbohydrate and Glycemic Index

The glycemic index is the level of blood glucose in response to a carbohydrate meal. Glycemic response is the rise in the blood sugar level and all carbohydrates in the meal have this effect. Bread is taken as the reference food and fifty grams of the same is taken. Glucose has a reference score of 100. Low glycemic diet comprises of foods that fail to increase the blood sugar. These are foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, beans and all foods that are rich in fibre.

Refined foods are avoided. Healthy fats and lean proteins are recommended.

The low glycemic diet is helpful in individuals suffering from diabetes. People interested in shedding the extra pounds also follow this diet. The risk of heart disease is reduced. The 'lows' and 'highs' of blood glucose are avoided. In addition to the sugar levels, the glycosylated haemoglobin levels are also reduced. Low glycemic carbohydrates with lean proteins are recommended. It is followed for 28 days. Based on the activity pattern and gender the intake is restricted to 1100 calories, in individual interested in weight loss. An array of benefits is achieved from this diet. Research reveals the decreased requirement of insulin in diabetics consuming low glycemic foods.
Submitted by E L on May 13, 2008 at 04:02


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