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The GI explained

The GI (Glycemic Index) explained

The GI is a physiologically based measure of the effect carbohydrates have on blood glucose levels.

It provides an easy and delicious way to eat a healthy diet and, at the same time, control fluctuations in blood glucose.

After testing hundreds of foods around the world, scientists have now found that foods with a low GI will have less of an effect on blood glucose levels than foods with a high GI.
❏ Carbohydrates that break down rapidly during digestion, releasing glucose quickly into the bloodstream, have a high GI.

❏ Carbohydrates that break down slowly, releasing glucose gradually into the bloodstream, have a low GI.
The rate of carbohydrate digestion has important implications for everybody. For most people, foods with a low GI have advantages over those with a high GI.

They can:

❏ Improve blood glucose control

❏ Increase satiety, as they are more filling and satisfying and reduce appetite

❏ Facilitate weight loss

❏ Improve blood fat profiles

❏ Reduce risks of developing diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer

 


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