There are many reasons for using the glycemic index (GI). The glycemic index has been studied for decades and was originally developed as a dietary strategy in the treatment of diabetes. Today, use of the glycemic index has expanded, and it is now used in the treatment of many common health concerns, including obesity and heart disease. Because it teaches a healthy and balanced way of eating, the GI also has a role in disease prevention. All over the world, people with pre-diabetes symptoms, excess pounds, and imbalanced diets turn to the GI for assistance in changing their eating habits. Others who can benefit from the GI include women with polycystic ovarian syndrome, individuals with hypoglycemia, and athletes who want to improve performance.
The glycemic index ranks carbohydrate foods based on their impact on blood sugar levels after consumption. The higher the GI level of a food, the faster the spike in blood sugar. Choosing low GI foods helps to control both blood sugar and insulin levels. The first step in using the glycemic index is to know the glycemic index level of different foods.
In the first chapter of the The Everything® Glycemic Index Cookbook, 2nd Edition, you will learn about carbohydrate metabolism and how the glycemic index works. You will understand the difference between low and high glycemic index foods. Please refer to the Glycemic Index Value Table to get started with meal planning and stocking a GI-friendly pantry.
The following chapters contain recipes that have been created by an experienced registered dietitian. They are designed to be tasty while including a wide variety of low-glycemic ingredients. You will discover recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as appetizers, soups, desserts, and more. Vegetarians will find a nice selection of meat-free options. Each recipe is noted with its glycemic index level category. This book is useful for beginners as well as those experienced with the glycemic index.
Although following the glycemic index is a beneficial way of eating, other factors play an important role in health, longevity, and weight control. The total amount of calories consumed should be considered when planning meals. Understanding serving sizes for portion control will help you become a better judge of how much food to put on your plate. You will notice serving sizes are included in the Glycemic Index Value Table. In addition to eating right, regular physical activity is a necessary part of a balanced lifestyle. Exercise helps burn excess calories that may otherwise be stored as body fat. In addition, regular exercise can decrease the risk of many of the health concerns that are mentioned in this book.
Now that you have decided to improve your health, the glycemic index will help you on your journey. This book will answer your questions and prepare you to make changes in the way you eat. The recipes will provide you with a diverse selection of delicious meals to choose from to stay satisfied.