The Glycemic Index & Diabetes
Diabetes is rampant within our society. No news there. What you may or may not know how the glycemic index fits into that.
The glycemic index grades foods based on how much they increase your blood sugar level (and thus insulin) after the food has been eaten. How does this effect me on a daily basis? If you are eating foods that are high on the glycemic index (i.e. cooked starchy foods such as bread, pasta and rice) your blood sugar levels spike for up to an hour or two after eating your meal. This surge of sugar causes an increase in insulin which is a storage hormone made in our bodies to handle excess substances such as sugars and fats. If you were to constantly eat foods that are high on the glycemic index, you would not only be storing a lot more fat but you would continuously raise your blood sugar levels as well.
Having high blood sugar levels is at the core of all the problems associated with diabetes. Problems such as frequent urinating (the excess sugar pulls water along with it and thus you have to urinate very often), cataracts (same principal as frequent urination but this time water is pulled into the lens of the eye) and not to mention high levels of triglycerides and cholesterol. If you currently have diabetes and you control the amount of sugar you place into your body, by consuming naturally low-glycemic raw-foods, you will be able to live as if you don’t have diabetes.
Eating a diet consisting of foods that are lower on the glycemic index has many benefits. The biggest benefit that individuals transitioning to a raw-food diet first notice is the lack of huge swings in blood sugar levels. This allows the body to maintain energy levels without the big energy 'ups and downs' that most people go through.
Neel's Top 5 Amazing Good Low-Glycemic Foods
- Dinosaur Kale
- Fresh Olives