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Low Glycemic Recipes - Healthy Can Be Tasty

Jul 23, 2008
Meals that have high glycemic levels are responsible for a higher insulin output which would then store more glycogen and fat. As a matter of fact, meals that contain high glycemic levels will cause the blood glucose to raise two times higher than a low glycemic meal even when both meals have the same amount of calories. High glycemic meals are less filling, lead to feelings of hunger sooner or increased meal size as opposed to low glycemic meals.

Some studies have revealed that children who eat a high glycemic breakfast consumed more calories before dinner than children eating a low glycemic meal. There is always more weight loss on low glycemic diets than high glycemic diets of the same calories.

To increase low glycemic foods in your diet, increase consumption of fruits, vegetables and legumes. Choose pasta, stone ground breads and old-fashioned oatmeal, over potatoes and instant rice. The less processing a food has, the more fiber it retains and the lower its glycemic rating too.

Did you know that rice cakes are high glycemic? Don't be fooled by supposed "diet food". Check the ingredients. There is always a lower glycemic alternative. For example, when choosing fruits, oranges, apples and cherries are lower on the glycemic index than watermelon or bananas. An easy rule of thumb to remember is high fiber, natural foods are better for your health.

If you are on a low glycemic diet whether it is for health purposes or to monitor your blood sugar, there are plenty of recipes available that are made with the glycemic index as the guide. Adding fat, fiber and protein slows the absorption of carbohydrates, helping to control your insulin response. Portion size matters no matter what they tell you. If you eat too much food at one sitting you will have an insulin surge, which is not good. Think of a low glycemic diet as a slow burning fire. When you consume a low glycemic diet, your body will release glucose very slowly. Your body gets glucose at a nice, slow rate and runs smoothly. This is what you what.

There are many reasons why people opt for a low glycemic diet. Perhaps you're struggling to lose weight. Perhaps you have type 2 diabetes or have been told by your doctor that you are pre-diabetic. Maybe you would like to lose a few pounds and would like to have access to tasty recipes that won't spike your blood sugar. Maybe you just simply wish to change your diet to include healthier foods.

There are many benefits to eating low glycemic recipes. Don't let the thought of taste deter you. People have been researching this method of food preparation for a long while. You can find an unlimited number of recipes for all occasions that taste great.
About the Author
Shannon Pollock has been teaching people about natural health remedies for many years. She is a specialist with experience in natural remedies for both people and animals.

For more information on the benefits of low glycemic recipes, as well as other natural health related topics, visit Shannon's website called Natural Health Remedies and More
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