The Glycemic Index rates foods, carbohydrates, on a scale of 0 to 100 according to how much they raise your blood sugar, glucose, levels after eating. This means that the lower the number, the lower the blood sugar spike, the better the carb.
The Glycemic Load or Profile gives you a better idea of what happens after eating carbs. This is a measurement of blood sugar levels after eating carbs combined with fats and proteins. More like a meal. For example carrots, 92, Parsnips, 97, are much higher than ice cream, 37-80 or Snickers, 55!!!
So why is this? Well, the ice cream and Snickers have high fat and protein values, which slows down the blood sugar spike. Most of us don’t just eat carrots alone, but with other foods that have fats and proteins, which when combined, lower the blood sugar spikes. So it is a matter of combining your foods to help keep your blood sugar levels lower, which in turn helps prevent increases in fat, and helps lower the risks of diabetes.
If you are worried about your blood sugars, try exercising with weights. Exercise uses the glucose that is stored in your muscles and to replenish those glucose stores after a workout, your body will start moving more of the glucose from your bloodstream to your muscles where it is stored for future use. Exercise and you quickly lower blood sugar levels, even after a high sugar meal. Another great reason to workout and gain more muscle. The extra muscle will store more glucose, lower blood sugar levels and in turn help you get rid of your body fat. That’s a big win in every way.
PS…don’t run out and buy Snicker Doddle Ice Cream! It still isn’t very smart even if they are low GI numbers.
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