The truth about Glycemic index

Posted by Lachmi Deb Roy on Wed, Dec 12, 2012  
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Low glycemic index food is the craze for people who wants a healthy body and a fabulous skin. The food we eat has an impact on our health.  Carbohydrates that break down faster and release glucose immediately into the blood stream are considered to be high on GI index, while carbohydrates that break down slowly and raise the blood sugar gradually have low GI.


Foods with high GI value are those that are rapidly digested and absorbed, resulting in fluctuations in blood sugar levels. They cause blood sugar level to dip below normal, leading to more frequent hunger pangs.


Low GI food by virtue of their slow digestion and absorption, produce a gradual rise in blood sugar and insulin levels. As these foods control your blood sugar levels, they regulate your hunger pangs and eating and snacking habits. Omitting high GI foods that have unhealthy carbohydrates and substituting them with low GI foods that have good carbohydrates is a wise idea to stay healthy.


GI food causes an increase in blood sugar levels. But due to insulin resistance, the sugar cannot enter the cells. All this leads to unhealthy skin with frequent breakouts, oily skin and huge pores. Eating low GI food prevents the sugar of insulin and other hormones as well as allowing your skin to breathe naturally without clumping of dead skin cells.


Low GI foods that can be included in your diet are low GI rice, wheat, pulses and lentils. Low GI fruits and vegetables are also very good for regulating blood sugar level. 


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