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Diets – And the Winner Is?

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English: idealized curves of human blood gluco...

English: idealized curves of human blood glucose and insulin concentrations during the course of a day containing three meals; in addition, effect of sugar-rich meal is highlighted; (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Which diet is best for maintaining weight loss and inhibiting inflammation and risk of chronic disease?  Is it the low fat or low carb diet???  Apparently, a new kid on the block won the overall best – the Low Glycemic Diet.  The Glycemic Index (GI)  concept is not really new, but the research has been controversial on its use in weight control or metabolic effects.

Here is the GI principle in a nutshell – carbohydrate foods have varied effects on blood glucose levels – some cause a rapid rise while others do not.  If blood glucose levels rise rapidly, more insulin is needed to get the glucose into the cells.  Compared to high glycemic index (GI) carbohydrates, foods with low GI values increase blood glucose levels to a lower extent, and decrease insulin levels.

Check out a previous post on more details of the Glycemic Index and its cousin, the Glycemic Load  HERE.

Try limiting your intake of the following foods that have a high GI from 70-100.

  • Glucose – Hardly found in foods
  • French bread
  • Baked potato
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Corn Chex
  • Pretzel
  • Rice Krispies
  • Cornflakes
  • Corn Pops
  • Gatorade
  • Jelly beans
  • Cake doughnut
  • Frozen waffle
  • French fries
  • Shredded Wheat
  • Cheerios
  • Popcorn
  • Watermelon
  • Grape Nuts
  • Wheat bread
  • White bread

For a summary of the diet study itself:


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One thought on “Diets – And the Winner Is?

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