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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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post Apr 19 2006, 12:53 AM
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I would say the "studies" are "misinformative".

I have not seen a study that was done for any long time, double blind, or any of the industry guidelines used in studies. Remember a study has to be able to by duplicated to be considered valid.

Remember also, a study can be interpreted to suit the beliefs of the person conducting the study.

The study I cite that is a good example of this is the "Denmark Study" which concluded that alcoholism is hereditary. The study showed that 14% of children of alcoholics became alcoholics. Let's look at this, if 14% did become alcoholice, then 86% did not. I would conclude that this study shows that alcoholism is not hereditary, as 86% is a much larger number than 14%. I do think there may be a learned behavior involed in the children that do become alcoholics. But, this I think is due to being in the same household and thus a learned behavior in some people.

That said, we know this woe works. I have been doing it for more than 10 years. Many of the "experts" said that Atkins was a fad and really does not work. A fad doesn't last more than 30 years! I am not advocating Atkins, as I think it is not as easy to follow as this woe. But, my point is that Atkins works as well, due to a reduction in carbs, including low glycemic carbs.

Also, the American Diabetes Association is not the end all on this subject. They say that pasta is ok! Most diabetics I have known that follow thier guidelines have a hard time controling blood sugar levels. Whereas, diabetics who follow the LG woe can at times eliminate the need for medicines to control the levels and just do it (and with lower levels) than with the medicines and the ADA guidelines.

I just think that people and that includes the ones doing studies, have thier own belief in low fat eating and perform studies that conclude thier beliefs are valid. The way a study should be done is with no pre-concieved ideas and let the study go where it goes!

Anyway, that is a brief view of how I look at it,

Also, this woe works!

Take care,


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