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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Low Glycemic Diet For Diabetics

Written by Tena Moore


Diets are hard to follow, but researchers are saying to forgo the diet approach if you are a diabetic and adhere to the low glycemic approach to food. A low glycemic diet is not really a diet per say; it is a type of food and if you know what to eat you can control your blood glucose levels without trying to adhere to strict plan. If you choose a high glycemic food you do not ‘break your diet’, you just choose better in the future.

For instance, instead of having a bagel for breakfast, you could have a piece of sourdough, pumpernickel or rye toast to have a lower glycemic count. For dinner you could choose a sweet potato or al dente spaghetti over a high glycemic baked potato.

One particular study involved 11 trials with over 400 people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes; children were included in two of the studies. They found that consuming low glycemic foods could lower and control blood glucose levels.

The key is to know the glycemic index (GI) of the foods you are eating. You can find the GI of foods by researching online or talking to your doctor. Foods are numbered on a scale of 1 to 100 and foods under 55 are considered low glycemic.




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