Friday, 22 January 2010

low GI diet?

It’s all to do with carbs and your blood sugar levels but it’s got nothing to do with fad diets such as the Atkins. The GI (glycemic index) is a physiologically based measure of the effect of carbohydrates on blood glucose levels.

Jennie Brand Miller (Professor of Human Nutrition at the University of Sydney) describes the low GI diet as follows:

“[The low GI diet is] a carbohydrate controlled diet because it is based on choosing low GI carbs that are slowly digested and absorbed, producing only gentle rises in your blood glucose and insulin levels”.

Carbs that break down rapidly during digestion, releasing glucose quickly into your blood have high GI values and carbs that break down slowly have low GI values.

So you may be thinking ‘Ok, great, but so what? What does all this mean for me and my body?’.

The benefits of a low GI diet

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