Thursday, July 22, 2010

Do you want to stop getting fat? Start looking at Glycemic Index

Glycemic Index measures how fast a given food raises your blood sugar level. However the amount of food eaten also matters. Just because a food is low in GI does not mean to say one can eat too much. If the food is high in GI one should eat smaller amounts.

Rice is a common part of Indian cooking.Rice can have moderate to high GI. There are two types of starch; Amylose and Amylopectin. Long grain rice has 22 percent Amylose and 78 Amylopectin while medium/short grain rice has 18 percent Amylose and 82 percent Amylopectin. Relatively higher the Amylopectin, stickier is the texture. Cooking, makes starch to be gelatinized so that human body can digest it and converts it into simple sugar. The important factor is the ratio of Amylose to Amylopectin. Higher the Amylose, lower the GI. So, the long grain rice have lower GI than short grain rice. The bran in brown rice makes lowers the GI further. This makes the Brown Basmati Rice to have lower GI among most of the other Rice from India.

Potatoes are another important part of Indian Cuisine. All root vegetables have moderate to high GI. White potatoes have lower nutritional value than the root vegetables that are rich in color.

A glass of juice contains about 5 table spoons of sugar. Eat fruit instead
All coka colas, fantas, pepsi energy juices have high levels of sugar and caffeine.

Information is collected from various sources. No responsibility is taken for information provided in this blog. People can check their own information through their doctor. Check other blog posts on this site. Diabetics should consult with their doctor before starting any diet. Fad diets do not work for weight loss therefore consult your doctor first.