Low GI Symbol: what does it mean?

Low GI foods help you manage blood glucose levels, reduce risk of diabetes and heart disease, and maintain a healthy weight. The Low GI Symbol helps everybody make healthier food choices for long term health, well being and sustained energy.

The Gylcemic Index (GI) is a measurement for the effect that a carbohydrate food has on blood sugar levels. For example a food with a high GI level could be something like a cake, lollies or even white bread. These type of high GI foods give your insulin levels a quick spike. Energy is absorbed quickly into your body and used quickly and dissipates rapidly.

Foods with low GI levels like pasta and oats are absorbed slowly into the body and the energy is distributed evenly and for a prolonged period of time. Energy last longer because insulin levels are slowly increase rather than spiking.

A low GI diet is highly recommended and with an array of benefits. Low GI diets help maintain a healthy weight, lower cholesterol, manage insulin within the body effectively, increasing endurance, and replace carbohydrates after exercise.

Foods with a low GI rating provide greater satisfaction and fill you up more, preventing the onset of hunger for longer. Because low GI foods are absorbed slowly into the body they are more effective in giving you sustained sustenance which is useful for people trying to manage weight.

Looking at foods to incorporate into your diet? Look for foods with a low GI symbol. This is comparable to the Heart Foundations tick and will help you to achieve balance with your energy levels as well as providing many other health benefits.

Check out the great range of USANA Foods which are all formulated as low GI.

Here are some foods with a low GI rating:

· Oat Bran
· Rolled Oats
· Wholegrain Bread
· Sourdough Rye
· Carrots
· Eggplant
· Broccoli
· Mushrooms
· Tomatoes
· Wheat Pasta
· Sweet Potatoes
· Peanuts
· Walnuts

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