Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Be Aware of Glycemic Index Carbohydrates

Glycemic Index (GI) defines the differences in carbohydrates according to their effect on blood sugar levels within the body. Foods HIGH on the GI value chart increase blood sugar levels quickly. Foods LOW on the GI value chart keep blood sugar levels relatively steady as they offer the body a chance to digest and absorb nutrients in the foods.  

There are several websites showing Glycemic Index information.  At there is an exclusive international database covering a variety a foods and their GI values and carbohydrate content in grams. also has a food list ranking the GI value of common foods. These websites offer much more information about food choices.

Although the GI factor clearly impacts diabetic health, some research studies show significant impact on other chronic diseases including insulin resistance syndrome (metabolic syndrome), coronary heart disease in women and the risk of gallbladder diseases. By understanding GI values, you may be able to better manage or perhaps even prevent further complications of chronic diseases. By investigating this factor, you become more proactive in your health care.

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