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Healthy diets with healthier carbohydrates (1 of 2) November 6, 2009

Posted by paripl110707 in Uncategorized.

Good morning friends.  Many of us always crave to eat all food .  Some prefer to eat light foods, some prefer to eat heavy kinds of food as they think that they will have good energy for that.  Yes they are right, but not all the time.  Some people who ate much feels that they are so full and can’t hardly move  always on the go.  Most Filipino people do eat more carbohydrates as they think it’s the best.  But we all know that when we eat more of carbohydrates we can easily get fat and will easily leads to obesity.  With that, we know that we will have a hard time to go on a diet.  I read one article and it says that we can be in a healthy diet even with more on carbohydrates.  I want to share it with you.

By this time, we know that not all carbohydrates are created equal. To help us choose healthier carbohydrates, the glycemic index (GI) was developed as it ranks how much carbohydrate in individual foods affects blood glucose levels. The Glycemic Index (GI) of carbohydrates compares their ability to release glucose into the blood with that of an equivalent weight of pure glucose (GI of 100).

White bread (especially those made without fiber or grains) which contains carbohydrates that break down quickly during digestion have high GI values – meaning, it can create a high rise in blood sugar after eating such kind of food. But of course, we know that we don’t usually eat bread just as a single food but with spread or some accompaniment; and those spread and accompaniments can affect the GI value of the whole diet taken as one.

The glycemic index was originally developed to help people with diabetes make healthier choices in choosing carbohydrates for their meal times. Nowadays, knowing the GI and choosing low GI carbohydrate foods can be beneficial to all types of people (except those who often experience low blood sugar levels). GI levels in foods are classified according to low medium or high. Low GI foods or carbohydrates has a value of 55 or less, and those considered with medium GI have a value of 70.



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