LGI foods should be taken by diabetics

Dt. Tripty Bansal

MSc nutrition, Bachelor of Naturopathy & Yogic Sciences (BNYS) · Dietitian/Nutritionist

4 reasons to have foods with low glycemic index

Foods with low glycemic index prove to be extremely good for your health. Read on to know the four major reasons for eating foods with a low gi index on a regular basis, combined with a high-fibre diet:

1) protect against various diseases – a low-glycemic diet has been proven to have a positive effect on the body and protect it effectively against various heart diseases. Moreover, such a diet also helps your body develop considerable immunity against certain ailments such as gallbladder disease, breast cancer, type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease.

2) put you in a better mood – your mood is determined by a neurotransmitter known as serotonin and different food products can either suddenly boost serotonin levels or bring them down within a few seconds. Low-glycemic foods help maintain an even level of blood sugar and stimulate a gradual increase in the level of serotonin; thus keeping your mood upbeat and balanced.

3) keeps insulin and blood sugar levels in check – food products containing a low glycemic index decrease the need of the body for insulin and as a result, also aid in maintaining adequate blood sugar levels. Try and consume food products that not only have a low gi but also contain substantially high fiber content.

4) boost energy level of the body – low-glycemic food products are digested comparatively slowly than high-glycemic foods and thus are capable of giving energy to the working muscles of the body for a prolonged time period. Therefore, try and include low gi foods in your breakfast on a regular basis. You can consume rolled oats, fat-free milk and some fruits for a perfect low-glycemic breakfast.

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