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What Is the Glycemic Index?
Low glycemic foods are the
best way to a trimmer waist and healthier life. But what role do they play on
the Sonoma Diet? Find out here:
What is the
glycemic index? The
glycemic index ranks foods according to their effect on your blood-sugar
levels. Foods that are high on the GI (more than 70) — such as white
bread or white potatoes — break down quickly in the bloodstream,
rapidly raising blood-sugar levels. With high glycemic meals, you find that
soon after you’re done eating, you’re hungry again — and tired!
On the other hand, foods
farther down the GI (lower than 55) are metabolized more slowly, keeping your
hunger satisfied and your appetite on a more even keel. In other words, low
glycemic foods are better at providing a slow energy release throughout the
day. There are experts who believe that by avoiding blood-sugar surges, you can
help prevent many dangerous health conditions.
What role does it
play in The New Sonoma Diet?
One of the exciting new features of The New Sonoma Diet is the emphasis on
quality carbohydrates and other foods that slowly trickle blood sugar (glucose)
into your bloodstream, thereby keeping your energy levels up and your hunger
under control. More importantly, choosing low glycemic foods helps your body
lose those extra pounds around your waist and decreases your risk factors for inflammation,
diabetes, and heart disease.
What are the
benefits of low glycemic meals?
- Help weight
loss, especially around the waist
- Reduce the risk of
- Reduce the risk for heart
- Improve blood cholesterol
- Decrease inflammation
inside the body
- Reduce hunger and keep you
- Maintain energy levels and
promote physical endurance
Do you need to
calculate the glycemic load of foods to be successful on the Sonoma Diet? No. Becoming familiar with the glycemic response of foods
will help you make smarter choices, but you don’t need to calculate the
glycemic index and the estimated glycemic load on The New Sonoma Diet. Just
have confidence that recipes are designed with your optimal health in mind,
using the best combinations of natural, wholesome foods with low glycemic
responses. The goal is not to eliminate carbohydrates and breads from your
daily diet, but to include nutrient-rich choices of whole grains and colorful fruits
and vegetables as part of satisfying meals that will promote health and are
linked with higher energy levels, better sleep patterns, and happier moods.