The Glycemic Index (GI)
Carbohydrates (carbs) are an essential part of a healthy diet. They give your body the energy it needs to function. But your body converts the energy from some carbs (like sugar) faster than from others. When it does, your blood sugar levels increase and so does the chance that you won’t be able to burn off all the extra energy. If you were able to know which foods increased your blood sugar levels the most, you could avoid them and make healthier choices. Using a scale from 1 to 100, the Glycemic Index tells you how much a particular carbohydrate-rich food will raise your blood sugar levels; 1 being the least and 100 being the most.
White bread and glucose (sugar) have been given the highest GI of 100 and they are the standard by which all other foods are rated on the GI. While there are times where you may want to eat a high GI food, like if you’re feeling unusually sluggish and plan to exercise, choosing mostly low GI foods can offer a number of health benefits. • Lower risk of diabetes • High fibre content • Can reduce cholesterol levels Using the GI is just one more tool to help you eat healthier foods towards managing your weight and cellulite. The more tools you have at your disposal, the easier it is to reach your goals.