Glycemic Foods series second article – Low Glycemic Foods to Enjoy! Here is my first post about high glycemic foods to avoid.
The purpose of a low glycemic diet is to consume foods and beverages with low glycemic index rankings to help you keep your blood sugar balanced. In addition this can help you lose weight plus reduce the risk of chronic diseases like; diabetes, obesity, gallbladder and cardiovascular disease.
Why you might choose the glycemic index diet:
- Change your overall habits to healthy eating
- Want to stick to a long-term healthy diet
- Change blood sugar imbalances to be healthier
- Want to skip counting calories or going to a low-carb diet
Always check with your doctor or health care provider before starting a new diet especially if you have any health conditions.
Low Glycemic Common Foods to Enjoy
- Breads – whole rye, pumpernickel, whole wheat pita
- Cereal – All Bran, Fiber One, regular oatmeal, Special K
- Dairy – ALL dairy products with no sugar
- Fruit – ALL except these high glycemic ones: bananas, melons, pineapple, raisins
- Grains – barley, bulgar, kasha
- Meat – ALL meats are low glycemic
- Pasta – thin and whole wheat pasta
- Snacks – nuts, olives, cheese, pita chips, peanut butter (no sugar)
- Vegetables – ALL except these high glycemic ones: potatoes, corn, carrots, beets
Glycemic Index Diet For Dummies Cheat Sheet
Following a low glycemic diet isn’t about deprivation; it’s about making better choices and swapping high glycemic foods for ones that have a lower glycemic index or glycemic load. Check out this Cheat Sheet from The Glycemic Index For Dummies article for ideas on low glycemic quick meals, snacks, swapping out foods and shopping list.
Source: Dummies.com/how-to/content/ – The Glycemic Index Diet For Dummies
List of Common Glycemic Foods, Index and Load
Click here for a list of more than 100 common foods along with their glycemic index, serving size and glycemic load per serving from Health.Harvard.edu
Glycemic index and glycemic load offer information about how foods affect blood sugar and insulin. The lower a food’s glycemic index or glycemic load, the less it affects blood sugar and insulin levels.
Source: Health.Harvard.edu/newsweek/Glycemic – Index and Glycemic Load for 100 Foods
Do you plan to increase your consumption of low glycemic foods to improve your health?
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