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post Apr 17 2006, 01:53 PM
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I was looking around on internet under American Dietetic Association and found a topic on Glyemic index. It was stating that the Glycemic index has recently gained attention as a possible tool for controlling appetite and managing weight/blood glucose levels.

It stated-" The Gi does not measure how rapidly blood glucose levels increase as is claimed by some popular diet books. Research has found that blood glucose levels peak at about the same time regardless of the carbohydrate source. Also, the body's insulin response to a specific food is not directly related to the carbohydrate content of the food or the GI value."

The major appeal of grouping food by GI is the potential for making meal planning easier, especially for people with diabet4s. But it's not that simple. Here's why:
. A food can have different GI values as a result of how ripe it is, its variety, how it is cooked and how it has been processed, and from country to country.
. The GI of a food varies significantly from person to person. For some individuals, it can even vary from day to day.
. The GI of a food eaten alone is different than when it is eaten with another food. For example, if a high GI food is eaten in combination with a low GI food, the GI response is moderate.
. Standard test portions of foods used for determing GI are not the usual portion sizes that individuals consume.
. The GI is not a reliabel guide for healthy food choices. Although many healthy foods have a low GI, there are also foods of questionble nutritional value with low or moderate GI values such as soft drinks, candies, sugars and high fat foods.

Bottom Line- At this time, research does not support the claim that a low GI diet causes significant weight loss or helps control appetite. Fore people with diabetes, monitoring total grams of carbohydrate remains the key strategy. However, some individuals with diabetes may be able to use the GI concept, along with blood glucose monitoring, to "fine-tune" their food choices to produce a modest improvement in postmeal blood glucose levels.

But as a fact I can say this type of eating does work, I have done it before with this woe. Just thought you might find this interesting also.

Sorry its so long.

Crystal (IMG:http://www.sugarbustersforum.com/forum/style_emoticons/default/wink.gif)
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