Choosing Foods Using the Glycemic Index

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Choosing Foods for Weight-Loss on a Low-Glycemic Diet

If you want to keep your body working at peak performance to ensure an increased metabolism, improved health, and success with long-term weight loss, then you need to make the foods you eat work for you [more…]

How to Control Food Cravings with a Low-Glycemic Diet

Food cravings occur for many reasons, both physiological and psychological, but one core cause of food cravings is erratic blood glucose levels. When your body’s blood glucose levels go through high spikes [more…]

Glycemic Load and Popular Foods

The information here is designed to provide you with some insight into how the glycemic load varies among popular food choices. As you can see, fruits and vegetables typically end up on the low end whereas [more…]

How to Replace High-Glycemic Grains with Low-Glycemic Ones

People who are starting a low-glycemic diet have a love/hate relationship with grains. Many popular grains have a high glycemic index (fluffy mashed potatoes, creamy white rice, pasta with grandma’s secret [more…]

How to Choose Low-Glycemic Breads

It’s a given that the soft, squishy white bread that’s often a favorite of children has a high glycemic index. To get a lower glycemic count, you need to go with whole-grain breads, especially those that [more…]

How to Choose Low-Glycemic Pasta

Many people believe that pasta has a high glycemic index. But, no! Spaghetti made from white durum wheat, the most prevalent type of pasta available, has a glycemic index of just 44. Macaroni has a similar [more…]

Choosing Low-Glycemic Foods in the Proper Portion Size

The goal of healthy eating on a low-glycemic diet is to balance your food choices every day, even when your days are hectic. You don’t have to eat all low-glycemic carbs all the time, but aim for choosing [more…]

How to Be a Savvy Low-Glycemic Shopper

Shopping for groceries when you follow a low-glycemic diet is a little different from going grocery shopping while on other types of diets. Some foods haven't been tested for their glycemic index, leaving [more…]

Comparing Fresh, Frozen, and Canned Produce for a Low-Glycemic Diet

Small differences can occur in the glycemic level and nutrient value of food (especially produce) depending on how it’s packaged. These differences aren’t always drastic, but they’re good to know about [more…]

How to Read Nutrition Labels for Low-Glycemic Shopping

Even though you can't find a food's glycemic index or load on its packaging, the ever-present nutrition facts label is a valuable tool for finding the best low-glycemic choices, as well as the best foods [more…]

How to Choose a Low-Glycemic-Friendly Restaurant

Adopting a low-glycemic diet doesn't mean you'll never go to a restaurant again. Eating out when you’re choosing a low-glycemic diet means you need to pay a little more attention to what a low-glycemic-friendly [more…]

How to Choose Low-Glycemic Foods at Ethnic Restaurants

To make finding low- (or lower-) glycemic dishes at your favorite ethnic restaurant a little easier, use the following list to help choose options that are also low in fat and calories. Keep in mind that [more…]

Fiber and the Glycemic Index

Following a low-glycemic diet is about managing your blood sugar so you avoid large insulin spikes throughout the day. Fiber is a natural part of this process. Along with its other weight-loss benefits [more…]

Foods High on the Glycemic Index but Low on Glycemic Load

In the early days of the glycemic index's popularity, experts appeared on television screens next to a table full of foods, talking about which ones were good and which ones were bad. Almost always they [more…]

The Glycemic Load of Common Bakery Treats, Breads, and Snacks

A glycemic load [GL] of 10 or less is considered low; a GL of 11 to 19 is considered medium; and a GL of 20 or more is considered high. Use the tables here to look up some of your favorite foods to see [more…]

The Glycemic Load of Common Beverages

What's the healthiest low-glycemic beverage? If you answered water, you're right. Plain, unflavored water quenches your thirst without adding anything, including calories, and it's exactly what your body [more…]

The Glycemic Load of Common Breakfast Items and Dairy Products

A good rule of thumb is to keep your total daily glycemic load under 100. Begin by choosing low-glycemic foods for breakfast and nutritional dairy products. If you choose mostly low- and medium-glycemic [more…]

The Glycemic Load of Common Fruits

Fruit sometimes (and undeservingly!) gets a bad rap because it's a sweet, natural source of carbohydrates. That's unfortunate, because fruits are quite good for you — they provide fiber, vitamins, minerals [more…]

The Glycemic Load of Common Grains and Legumes

Choose your grains carefully by searching out whole-grain food products that incorporate the lower-glycemic grains such as bulgur, buckwheat, quinoa, and wild rice. Replace higher-glycemic grains with [more…]

The Glycemic Load of Common Vegetables

Your mother was right: You really should eat more vegetables. The vast majority of vegetables provide plenty of vitamins and minerals along with a good dose of fiber and very few calories. As you can see [more…]

Low-Glycemic/High-Fiber, a Winning Combination

Fiber is an excellent weight-loss tool — in fact, it's one of the most important weapons in your weight-loss arsenal. When you chow down on foods that are low-glycemic [more…]

The Best Low-Glycemic Food Picks for Special Occasions

A low-glycemic diet doesn't restrict your food choices too much for special occasions. In fact, because a low-glycemic lifestyle is all about moderation, you can rest easy knowing that having a few medium- [more…]

How to Request Low-Glycemic Menu Substitutions

It's possible to follow your low-glycemic lifestyle and find choices in restaurants by asking for a few (sometimes creative) modifications. Maybe you see that the restaurant serves a lower-glycemic brown [more…]

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