Benefits of Low Glycemic Diets and Low Glycemic Food
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Consuming low glycemic diets and low glycemic food (click here for a low glycemic food list) comes with numerous health benefits.
Generally, most of the foods we eat today which have high glycemic index (GI) are processed, refined and unnatural foods laden with various harmful chemicals, such as flavorings and preservatives. There is thus more reason than just their glycemic index value to cut them out from our diet.
Broadly speaking, our bodies do not like extremes. Thus, because of their tendency to escalate blood glucose levels at a quick rate, high glycemic foods can be detrimental to health, especially in the long-run.
For example, in order to deal with the sudden increased levels of blood glucose, the pancreas will produce a large amount of insulin - insulin converts glucose in the blood to other forms for storage.
The high amount of insulin produced causes glucose levels in the blood to suddenly crash, and this makes one feel very hungry, even though one may have just eaten not long before.
This is why eating high glycemic foods, especially refined and processed food products like soda drinks, sugary foods and beverages, as well as polished grains, often causes serious weight problems, as it feeds the cycle of eat-hunger-eat-hunger.
Frequent ingestion of high-GI foods not only reduces the body's sensitivity to insulin, it also overworks the pancreas, causing degenerative conditions in the long run, such as diabetes. They also raise triglyceride levels in the blood.
In addition, frequent sudden increases in glucose levels in the blood increases oxidative damage to the heart, contributing to the development of heart disease.
All the above factors are direct causes of many serious diseases, such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer.
Besides helping with weight control, low glycemic diets and low glycemic foods are also gentler on the pancreas.
A low glycemic diet containing mainly low glycemic foods would control the release of glucose into our bloodstreams at a steady and sustained rate, keeping our body's metabolic processes and energy levels balanced.
We would thus feel fuller for longer periods of time after eating, and our bodies would also be subject to less stress and extreme variations in conditions.
Study on male rats carried out in 2004
As discussed above, eating foods with high glycemic index values over a prolonged period of time causes serious long-term health conditions. This was further proven in a study on male rats carried out in 2004.
The rats were split into two groups and fed different diets, low GI and high GI, over a period of 18 weeks. During that time, mean body weight of the rats was maintained.
By the end of the study, the following were observed in the group of rats which were fed a high-GI diet:
It is quite clear that consuming low glycemic index foods, as well as the adopting of an overall low glycemic diet, come with significant health benefits in the long run.
As most of us consume many high glycemic, sugary and refined foods and snacks, this is something well worth looking into as far as healthy diet and nutrition is concerned.
Do take note that foods with no or little carbohydrates in them do not typically have a value on the glycemic index.
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Want to learn how to quickly and easily make delicious, gluten-free, low-glycemic meals? Click here to access a gluten-free low-glycemic cookbook, especially useful for diabetics and allergy sufferers. Includes meat, vegetarian and vegan choices.
Here is another resource - a beginner's answer guide, providing an overview on the glycemic index and how to use it to become healthier and lose weight.
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