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How the GI index can help you live a better life


Carbohydrates are a daily diet staple for most of us, even though they have been singled out in recent times as the main culprit of weight gain.  At a fundamental level, they affect our blood sugar (or glucose) which regulates our energy levels and the type of ‘carb’ can also determine how quickly we become hungry again after eating.  But are carbs really bad for us?

What is the GI Index?

The Glycemic Index, or GI, estimates how much each gram of carbohydrate present in the food raises a person’s blood sugar level after consumption.

Low GI foods like vegetables and whole grains have slower rates of digestion and absorption of the food’s carbohydrates. This means that consumption of such foods improve long-term blood glucose control and prolongs a person’s sense of satiety. This helps the body to regulate food intake better and reduces the risk of diabetes in the long term.

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Fruits, vegetables, nuts and unprocessed grains are low GI foods that can help regulate energy levels throughout the day.

High GI foods, on the other hand, tend to be processed foods such as white rice and bread. These lack fibre, fat and protein, all of which help to moderate the release of sugar in the body. Consuming such foods typically results in a sudden spike of glucose in the body, usually followed by a dramatic fall in energy levels.

So what is the low GI diet?

A low GI diet emphasises the consumption of unprocessed, unrefined foods like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and beans. Combined with healthy proteins and fats, the diet improves satiety by keeping digestion slow.

In contrast, high GI foods release glucose so quickly that it triggers a hormone response, which your brain interprets as you being hungry again.  This is why obesity is linked with eating too much processed carbohydrates.

The Electrolux ERC2201 can cook any type of rice easily for your low GI diet.

A low GI diet is thus great for the waistline, and also for keeping energy levels consistent throughout the day. An easy start would be to replace white rice with brown. Using appliances like the Electrolux ERC2201 rice cooker makes cooking brown rice to an optimum fluffy consistency easy, so you and your family will barely notice the difference.

What are the benefits of a low GI diet?

A low GI diet has been found to be good at maintaining cardiovascular health and metabolism. It can help to regulate blood sugar and energy levels, ensuring that you feel great throughout the day, eliminating cravings for snacks by regulating your appetite.  It can even help you sleep better and more soundly.

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