A low glycemic diet can help you maintain balanced blood sugar levels and insulin production, thus avoiding health issues such as Type II diabetes and pancreatic illnesses. Low glycemic foods provide slow-burning energy to your body, encouraging your body to burn fat and maintaining normal levels of insulin production.
How does it all work? When you consume highly glycemic foods, your body can easily break down the sugars and send glucose (a necessary source of energy for your body) to your blood quickly. Much of this glucose can’t be fully absorbed right away, and your body reacts by triggering the pancreas to increase the insulin production. In other words, highly glycemic diets are a recipe for high insulin levels—the main culprit of Type II Diabetes and other health issues.
What Are Low Glycemic Foods?
In general, the more processed a carbohydrate, the higher its glycemic level. So, avoiding all processed foods is the first step. The second step is choosing low glycemic foods over high glycemic foods. Here are some examples of low glycemic foods that are great for your health:
- Beans and legumes
- Sweet potatoes
- Pumpernickel bread
- Soy beans
- Green peas
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