Posted May 27,2017

LEARN ABOUT GLYCEMIC LOAD

Author : Ryan Fernandes

image

All of us are scared of being a victim to any of the metabolic diseases be it hypertension, obesity or diabetes and we all aspire to be healthy, fit and fine. What then, stops us from reaching these goals?

Are we scared that we won’t get to eat much of our desired foods or is it just that we are too lazy to manage our own diet? Scientists have made our lives simpler in helping manage diabetes by introducing the concept of Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load. Glycemic index (or GI) is a ranking of carbohydrates on a scale from 0 to 100 according to the extent to which they raise blood glucose levels after eating. Carbohydrates with a high GI trigger rapid blood glucose spikes. The lower the GI of a meal, the lower the blood sugar and insulin levels after eating.

Glycemic Load, on the other hand, is a measure that takes into account the amount of carbohydrate in a portion of food. Glycemic Load can be calculated as: Glycemic Load = Glycemic Index X Carbohydrate / 100 Too technical? Let’s take an example of whole grain bread and a regular white bread

WHOLE GRAIN BREAD

    Carbohydrate content = 9 g
    Glycemic Index (GI) = 51
    Glycemic Load = GI x carbohydrate / 100
                     = 51 x 9/ 100
    Glycemic Load = 4.59

WHITE BREAD

    Carbohydrate content = 10 g
    Glycemic Index (GI) = 71
    Glycemic Load = GI x carbohydrate / 100
                     = 71 x 10/ 100
    Glycemic Load = 7.1

On application of the formula, the white bread has a higher glycemic load as compared to the fiber rich whole grain bread. Now we know why the brown, fiber- rich carbs are recommended over the white, refined and nutrient-less carbs? The other question that arises is, “Is the glycemic load different to the glycemic index?”

The two have to be used together when it comes to making better food choices. One should always select food with a low glycemic index and then calculate the glycemic load of that meal.

Hence, measuring or keeping a check on ones carbohydrate levels is important as it helps keep ones blood glucose levels in check and prevents sugar level spikes.

Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely those of the author in his/her private capacity and do not necessarily represent the views or policies of ITC Limited/Aashirvaad Atta.

Tags : Recipe , Atta

2 Comments

Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum

by Admin on DECEMBER 21, 2014 at 12:45

Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum

by Admin on DECEMBER 21, 2014 at 12:45

Add a Comment