October 21, 2016

One Size May Not Fit All on GI Foods

There's been a lot of recent buzz lately around GI foods and the variability as far as weight loss and blood sugar levels in people. In a report published in November by Cell, researches in an 800 person study observed that despite identical selections of food with the same GI load ratings, individuals in many cases had drastically different swings in their response rates for the breakdown of those foods as far as blood sugar and insulin.   Low GI foods provide benefits over high GI foods in how the body digests and responds to the sugars and carb loads, resulting in a … [Read More...]


Low GI Foods May Help You Sleep

The benefits of a low GI diet have been well documented and followed by millions.   But how could you use insights about food and GI to actually help you sleep? It may seem counter productive, but just as eating a low GI diet helps you prevent swings in insulin and keeps energy levels high, eating foods with a high GI score can actually help you sleep as you take advantage of the opposite effect.  Now before you go overstuffing yourself regularly (not recommended!), the idea here isn't to have this become a habit. Some research, including that from Dr. Oz as … [Read More...]

What Exactly Is the Glycemic Index Diet?

This is one of the most common questions we get.  Tell us about the Glycemic Index, how does it work, what's it all about? The glycemic index is a measuring system that tells you the effect certain carbs have upon blood sugar responses.  Some carbs have a dramatic impact on blood glucose, while other "good carbs" have a significantly reduced impact on insulin, which has several potential health impacts (not the least of which is hunger pains & weight loss). Technically, the glycemic index (GI) has nothing to do with the actual dosage of the food.  These aren't … [Read More...]


New Study Shows Mixed Results on Glycemic Index and Blood Sugar vs. Hunger Pains

This was a rather surprising study, one that in many ways is contrary to what our experiences and those of many readers have reported -- but worth reviewing. According to a new study by the American Diabetes Association, researches tested 26 adult subjects and monitored blood glucose levels to measure the degree low GI foods have at reducing/controlling serum glucose and insulin levels.  The report showed that the low GI / Low Glycemic Load diet does an effective job at reducing blood sugar spikes. That's good, but not that new of a result (still, always nice to see more testing from … [Read More...]


What’s Your Worst Offending Glycemic Index Food Craving?!

Ah, the glycemic index.  Whether you're talking about glycemic index load or low glycemic index foods, many nutritionists are locked in to the low GI lifestyle. But what about your guilty cravings?  What's the highest GI foods that you know you should avoid - but secretly crave.  Badly?! Here's a handful of choices for me personally: White Bagel - GI of 95.   Ah, I'm a carb a holic.  I admit it.  And an Einstein bagel (or a dozen of them) we're once a regular habit for me.  It's not sourdough.  It's not dark rye.  Just … [Read More...]

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