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When Carbohydrates are Good

By DMorgan
Created 02/20/2006 - 11:02am
     Let me describe to you a sure fire way to lose weight and protect your health. First, we need to understand two terms, glycemic index and glycemic load.

     About an hour after eating an easily digestible carbohydrate, blood glucose and insulin levels spike. After 3 to 4 hours blood glucose drops below fasting level, which creates a sensation of hunger. Slowly digested carbohydrates cause less of a spike, blood glucose does not drop below fasting levels and hunger is put on hold!

     There is no official “ low glycemic diet” but the following guidelines can lead you in the right direction:

 

     Popular diet plans that stress very low carbohydrate consumption seem to work in the short duration. These diets do have their shortcomings. A growing number of researchers are emphasizing a diet program that doesn’t have the drawbacks of the low carbohydrate or low fat diet plans.

     The low glycemic diet considers the quantity and quality of the carbohydrates and encourages their consumption. High glycemic foods are discouraged. The health benefits: The lower the glycemic load of the diet, the lower the risk of heart disease and diabetes. The best part is that you can lose weight while enjoying your meal!

 

                                       BOOKS TO READ

 

Jennie Brand-Miller “ The New Glucose Revolution”.

Walter C. Willet  “Eat, Drink and Be Healthy”.

                                                                                                  Dave Morgan

 
 

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