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Low GI foods

 

GI has brought about a revolution in the way we look at carbohydrates.

Simple sugars and complex carbohydrates are yesterday's news; these days it's all about the glycaemic index (a number between 1 and 100 used to classify foods according to how quickly they are released into the blood as sugar).

The higher the GI, the faster sugar is released into the bloodstream - and the more likely it will be stored as fat.

The lower the GI index, the slower the sugar is broken down - and the better for your waistline. 

Make sure your diet includes low GI foods:

Examples are
  • green vegetables
  • pulses
  • wholegrain cereals
  • soya
  • berries
  • nuts
  • dark chocolate
  • eggs
  • fish
  • fructose
  • cottage cheese
  • lean meat and fish

Reduce your intake of high GI foods:

Examples are
  • biscuits
  • crisps
  • cakes
  • white bread
  • sugary breakfast cereal
  • chips
  • mash
  • fizzy drinks
  • sugar
  • white rice


Note:
The GI index varies according to how you cook and season your food. It's best to cook al dente, mix carbs with vegetables and use acidic vinegar or lemon-based dressings.




  
  


Sarah Horrocks
2011/06/20
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