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Healthy Eating Tip: Eat Low GI Foods to Feel Full

Some issues are black and white with carbs being a case in point. There are good carbs and bad carbs. Carbs low on the glycemic index (GI) are good and conversely those high on the scale aren't. High GI foods have been linked to a variety of problems, from acne to Alzheimer's as well as increasing your risk of type 2 diabetes. New research shows that foods low on the glycemic index release a hormone in your gut to make you feel satiated, helping you avoid overeating. A rating of 50 or under on the index indicates a low GI food and a rating above 70 puts a food in the bad column. For instance, three ounces of soy beans rate 18 on the GI, but one ounce of a French baguette is 95. So choose foods with a low GI rating, like whole grain bread, which has a rating of 40 instead of white bread, which is rated 70.


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jadenirvana jadenirvana 8 years
If this is true then how are French women so skinny?
Spectra Spectra 8 years
tanyapt has a good point...GI only works if you are eating a certain food by itself. You can effectively change the GI of foods by combining them with other foods. I tend to eat foods that are almost all on the low end of the GI scale, so even if I combine foods, they're all fairly low-GI. I will say though that I eat a diet rich in fiber and low in sugar and I am barely ever hungry, so it must be working.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
How can you figure out what is high and what is low?
130k 130k 8 years
I've loosely followed eating low GI and I've seen a HUGE difference. I feel like my workouts are more effective and the weight stays off.
tanyapt tanyapt 8 years
This article is a bit incomplete. The glycemic index of a food - is basically if you were to eat that food by itself. Eat it in combination with something else - for example, a baked sweet potato + chicken and that number (for baked potato) is no longer the same. Furthermore - there are no "good" and "bad" carbs. After working out, for example, it's best to eat a fast digesting carbohydrate to quickly refuel - or what you would refer to as "bad" carbohydrates. (Forgive the typos - trying to type with a broken index finger).
LilLucyT21 LilLucyT21 8 years
Thanks for that comment, I always wondered how beneficial GI is! Definitly going to try it now!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
My diet is mostly food low on the glycemic index. I've been eating like this for years. Eating this way (coupled with regular exercise) keeps me lean and sculpted. Truthfully, I think this eating habit helps me age well. My sister-in-law says I look younger every year. LOL
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