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Understanding the Glycemic Index:

The highs and lows of carbohydrate consumption

The glycemic index rates foods according to how quickly they affect blood-glucose levels. Different foods have wildly different effects on blood sugar levels, and the measurement is applied only to those which contain carbohydrates.

Foods with a high GI rating are generally associated with increased risk of obesity and Type 2 diabetes while foods low on the glycemic index may actually curb your appetite and assist with weight loss or maintenance.

One food that contains carbohydrates is the potato. This staple is eaten in large quantities, along with high-glycemic rices, in South America and Asia. Because these foods are balanced out by the inclusion of legumes, fresh fruit and vegetables, a moderate GI value is attained, and the levels of obesity and diabetes initially suggested do not occur.

Consider the impact of food we eat on blood glucose levels, especially in diabetes; but not only!

Despite the knowledge people have about “healthy behavior”, the rate of obesity and diabetes increases dramatically! The most difficult part of the treatment is to lead the patient to respect dietetic measures that are prescribed.

In other words, all things in moderation, even in terms of the glycemic index.

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