Glycemic Index (GI) is a relative ranking of carbohydrates in foods according to how they affect blood glucose levels. Carbohydrates are an essential part of our diet since they provide fuel for the brain, most other organs and muscles during exercise. However, not all carbohydrate foods are equal, as different types have unique effects on blood sugar.
High GI carbohydrates cause blood sugar levels to spike and then crash, whereas low GI foods are digested and absorbed more slowly. This slow release of glucose into the bloodstream is proven to be much more beneficial for the body – from improving energy levels to managing weight, diabetes and other health concerns.
Guide to Glycemic Index
Improved Blood Sugar
Many studies have found that following a low GI diet may reduce blood sugar levels and improve blood sugar management in people with type 2 diabetes
Increased Weight Loss
Some research shows that following a low GI diet may increase short-term weight loss. More studies are needed to determine how it affects long-term weight management
Reduced Cholesterol Level
Following a low GI diet may help lower levels of both total and LDL (bad) cholesterol, both of which are risk factors for heart disease