According to the School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences at the University of Sydney,
the Glycemic Index (GI) is “a ranking of carbohydrates on a scale from 0 to 100
according to the extent to which they raise blood sugar levels after eating.”
In other words, it is a potential of each carbohydrate to increase blood sugar level. It based on those levels and indicates how insulin responds to various foods.
The GI was initially formulated by Dr. David Jenkins at the University of Toronto and first used in 1976 in creating a special diet for diabetic patients. Nowadays, many institutions around the World continue to investigate the Glycemic Index of food and its influence on human’s health.
The GI measurement applies only to food that contains carbohydrates. Since lipids and proteins do not contain carbohydrates, they do not have GI. The glucose is used as a specific benchmark and given a GI of 100 by definition.
GIgreater than 50 is considered as a High GI
GI 35-50 is a Medium GI
GI lower than 35 is a Low GI
This nutrition is health beneficial and easy to apply. As all other methods, it has its advantages and disadvantages.
Disadvantages of the Low Glycemic Index nutrition:
May be difficult for people addicted to carbohydrates
May be difficult for athletes
Does not bring quick results
Should be considered as a lifestyle nutrition and not as a temporal effort
Advantages of the Low Glycemic Index nutrition:
Focuses on maintaining healthy functioning of pancreas
Lowes blood levels of sugar, insulin, cholesterol and triglycerides
Prevents many life-threatening diseases
You lose weight slowly in a healthy way
The results are stable and last for years
No calorie counting
No portions control
Based on consuming healthy fat and healthy carbohydrates
Suitable for vegetarians who eat eggs and milk products
Provides food replacement strategies for favorite recipes
Allows periodical food rewards on special occasions (if you still want them)
With Dr. Irina’s help, I discovered completely new nutrition style for myself. She is very knowledgeable and provided me with so many weight loss tips! Her program is different from the most weight management plans. It allowed me to look at my weight and my eating habits from the different perspective, and to succeed. I’m following the instructions from Dr.Irina for 5 years. As a result, I lost 20 lb and forgot about heartburn. Thank you!
Alex, Brookline MA
Low Glycemic Index nutrition will help you to maintain a healthy weight without following a specific diet. When you can easily orientate in different food categories and different GI foods, you’ll be able to maintain YOUR OWN eating style and follow it for years with fun.
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