I am a big believer that high blood sugar levels are directly linked to the health of our bodies. To me it is simple. The more ‘high GI foods’ we eat, the faster we will age and the faster our bodies will begin to show signs of serious long term health problems.
“Carbs” has become a dirty word in recent years especially in the weight loss world, due mostly to the popularity of low-carb diets such as the Atkins, Dukan and South Beach. The “carbs are bad” mantra from Dr Atkins and co has left many people confused about carbohydrates and their importance for your health, including maintaining a healthy weight.
Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and alzheimer’s are among the most common health problems affecting the western world today, not to mention of cause our increasingly bad relationship with our weight.
I have listed below 5 food products that you would not associate with raising your blood sugar levels – but they do.
1 – Wholemeal Bread (GI 71)
Don’t let the whole wheat flour fool you. Whole wheat bread has a similar GI value as white bread (71 out of 100). The reason? Whole wheat flour is still processed to produce a fine texture. Look for stone ground whole grain or sprouted bread for a lower GI.
2 – Gluten free (and normal) pasta (GI 80)
Just because a food is gluten-free doesn’t automatically mean it’s healthy and good for you. Gluten-free pasta contains no fiber and has a high GI and GL value.
3 – Potatoes (white baked) (GI 85)
Potatoes by themselves have a high Glycemic Index (GI). High glycemic index foods are a concern because they are digested quickly causing spikes in blood insulin levels, which increases the risk of diabetes and heart disease.
4 – White Rice and Rice Cakes (GI 73)
Diabetes risk jumps 11 percent for each serving of white rice eaten per day, according to a new meta-analysis of Asian and US/Australian populations published in BMJ.
5 – Cornflakes (GI 93)
You might think that a nice bowl of cornflakes is healthy, but shop bought good old fashioned cornflakes spike blood sugar levels faster than cola. The combination of corn and the added sugars manufacturers put into cornflakes creates a surprising high GI number.
Whilst eating carbs is vital for giving energy, a diet high on HIGH GI foods with ultimately create sickness in the body.
Always pick low GI foods where you can that can be absorbed more slowly in the body, including fruit and vegetables (potatoes are not vegetables by the way), nuts, seeds, beans, fish and eggs.