Low GI foods ‘the way forward’
People looking for a diet that can enable them to slowly lose weight without having to compromise their nutritional intake will find that a regimen containing food that is low on the glycaemic index (GI) is the way to go, one expert has noted.
Registered nutritionist Dr Carina Norris explained that these foods are slowly digested and absorbed by the body, providing a gradual drip-feed of glucose into the blood stream, which gives people more sustained energy levels.
"Low GI foods include wholegrains (such as wholemeal bread, brown pasta, brown rice, and porridge), nuts and seeds, lean meats and fish, and vegetables. Fruit eaten whole, especially with the skin, has a relatively low GI," she explained.
However, fruit juice is a high-GI substance, which means it provides a rapid increase in blood glucose, and therefore energy, but it does not last.
Other examples of high GI foods include sugary foods such as sweets, biscuits and cakes, sugary drinks, and highly refined carbohydrates, such as white bread.
Have you tried following a low-GI diet?