Understand the glycemic index and how foods affect your blood sugar level.
High glycemic foods vs. low glycemic foods. What’s the difference and why is it important? In this Herbalife video, Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, CSSD, FAND explains the glycemic index and how foods affect your blood sugar level.
When you consume food, your body digests the food and absorbs it into your bloodstream as a sugar called glucose. This sugar is important because it fuels your daily activities and brain function. Understanding the glycemic index and how foods affect your blood sugar level could be a great tool for knowing how to fuel your body.
The glycemic index ranks foods according to their affects on blood sugar level. Foods that have a high glycemic index are assigned a value of 55 or higher. High glycemic index foods tend to cause a rapid rise in your blood sugar level and remains elevated for a while. Examples of foods with a high glycemic index are carbs, such as white bread, white pasta and white rice.
When your body digests foods that are low glycemic index foods (value of 55 or less), these foods tend to cause a more modest rise in your blood sugar level. Low glycemic index foods tend to contain fiber. Fiber slows the rate at which you digest and absorb your foods, therefore, your rises in blood sugar are much more modest. In general, incorporating low glycemic index foods into your diet can steer you towards healthier food choices.
Has this helped you better understand the glycemic index and how foods affect your blood sugar level?
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