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Low Glycemic Index Foods

We discussed the glycemic index; now let's look at low glycemic index foods.

Good glycemic foods tend to absorb slowly into the system, wich allows the body to break down the refined sugars and starches, enabling the body to digest them properly.

People with Type I and Type II diabetes have a difficult time digesting carbohydrates, especially those that are high on the glycemic index, and it's this lack of proper digestion that makes it difficult for diabetics to expel glucose from their blood.

Low glycemic index foods tend to have a low score on the Glycemic Index. Good glycemic foods are still carbohydrates, but they make it easier for the diabetic to digest and are much healthier and preferable than those glycemic foods that carry high ratings on the Glycemic Index. Substitutions are available for foods that rate high on the Glycemic Index and are widely available in supermarkets and other food stores.

Some of the foods that rate low on the Glycemic Index include most fruits and vegetables.

Although fruits and vegetables contain sugar, the sugars contained in these foods are digested at a lower rate and provide valuable nutrients to the diabetic, or anyone else. The only vegetable that a diabetic should probably avoid is a potato, as it has a high glycemic index.

Other fruits and vegetables, however, are preferable than white rice, white bread, corn flakes and anything made with white refined sugar or flour.

Other high glycemic index foods include wholegrain breads and pastas. Anyone with Type I or Type II diabetes should switch to whole grain breads and pastas made from wheat flour. This can be tremendously helpful to anyone who wants to manage their glycemia as well as anyone who wants to follow such low carb diets. Basmati rice is also considered one of the good glycemic foods.

The Glycemic Index


 

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