High Glycemic Index Foods
You can get one of the biggest benefits by cutting out foods that have high glycemic index.
What is glycemic index (GI)?
When we eat carbohydrates, our digestive system breaks them down into their simplest form – glucose. Our cells use glucose to produce energy.
Carbohydrates break down into glucose at different rates. This means that different carbohydrates – that is, different foods – cause blood glucose levels to go up and down at different rates.
The glycemic index (GI) measures the effect that carbohydrates in food have on blood glucose levels. GI ranks foods on a scale from 0-100:
- Foods with a high GI (70-100) cause a large and fast rise and fall in blood glucose. That’s because the carbohydrates in these foods break down quickly.
- Foods with a low GI (0-55) cause a more steady and long-lasting rise and fall in blood glucose levels. The carbohydrates in these foods take time to break down.
Inflammation, Insulin resistance, and Weight gain
The rapid rise in the glucose level in your blood stream will cause your pancreas to put out a lot of insulin. These glucose and insulin spikes put a lot of undue stress on your body and cause inflammation which will wreak havoc on your skin.
If you have any insulin resistance, the high GI index foods will cause you to develop type 2 diabetes. High insulin will also give you cravings for more sugary foods and eventually weight gain.
Avoid all forms of sweet food – even fruit should be eaten very sparingly.
Avoid all carbohydrate foods that are white or can be white (pasta, rice, bread, etc.).