Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Day 15-Nutritional Bite

Take control of your sugar cravings by eating foods low on the Glycemic Index (GI)! Low GI foods will curb your appetite and help you lose weight. The GI is a system that ranks foods by the affect it has on your blood sugar levels. Low-glycemic index foods (less than 55) produce a gradual rise in blood sugar levels. Foods between 55 and 70 are intermediate-glycemic index foods. High-glycemic index foods (more than 70) cause blood sugar and insulin levels to spike fast. Foods with a low GI help prevent heart disease, type II diabetes, and curb appetites. Click below for a GI food list. http://www.lowglycemicdiet.com/gifoodlist.html

Sugar Preacher's Experience
Last Saturday, I was craving sugar and gave into temptation by purchasing a box of licorice. However, it was the healthy Panda Licorice with ingredients: molasses, wheat flour, licorice extract, and aniseed oil. Rest assured, I didn't break my 365-day non-refined sugar goal. But, I practically consumed the box in one sitting. After returning home, I looked up the glycemic index for molasses, which is about 70. My system is customizing to low GI foods, and the molasses must have raised the insulin levels. The higher insulin levels increased my appetite. I need to focus more on low GI foods!

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