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How to Lower the Glycemic Index of a Food
Not every carbohydrate we eat is going to have as low of a GI as we want it to. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to lower the GI of your meal, and slow the release of glucose into the blood.
1. Add Fat – Adding fat to your meal slows down gastric emptying (the speed at which food leaves your stomach) and therefore slows the release of glucose into the bloodstream. This is one of the benefits of combining fats and carbohydrates in the same meal.
2. Add Fibre – Fibre also slows down gastric emptying. Because of this, it gives you a much slower release of glucose. It also has the added benefit of adding bulk to your meal – helping to control hunger.
3. Combine with a Lower GI Food – The glycemic index is somewhat of a math equation. It adds up all the food you eat and takes an average. Eating a lower GI food with a high GI food will help lower the overall GI effect of your meal.
3. Eat Protein with Your Meal – Protein isn’t a carbohydrate, but it still has a glycemic response. Protein is broken down via digestion, just like every other food you eat. Therefore, it does have an effect on blood sugar. The good thing is that whole food protein sources have an extremely low GI, and when combined with a carbohydrate source, they will dramatically lower the overall GI of your meal.
4. Use the Glycemic Index to Formulate Your Meals
Now that you know what the glycemic index is and how it influences your fat loss, you can put together a meal plan that will help your weight loss.
Think of it as a way of eating, because eating lots of low-glycemic foods is quite easy to do.
5. Eat non-processed carbohydrate sources.
Carbohydrates like fruits, vegetables, legumes, tubers, and some grains are typically low on the GI scale. Beans tend to be the lowest because of their high fibre content.
Most fruits and vegetables are fairly low GI, as well as some tubers such as sweet potatoes.
Follow these rules and you’ll control your blood sugar level, insulin response and so give your system a chance to stay healthy and youthful!
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