Being aware of the glycemic index that has been given to the foods you consume as part of your regular diet is vitally important to persons with diabetes or other nutritional disorders. Foods are given a glycemic index based on the effects the carbohydrates in the given food have on the blood sugar levels of the person.
Simple carbohydrates, such as white sugar, white flour and rice, regular breakfast cereals and pastas, and regular potatoes have a high glycemic index. Foods considered complex carbohydrates, such as whole wheat, whole grains, most vegetables, sweet potatoes, brown rice and oats, have a medium to low glycemic index. Foods with a medium to low glycemic index are more healthful and should be chosen to enhance your health whenever possible.
Persons attempting to control their diabetes by a mixture of diet and exercise techniques, in addition to following the medical practices prescribed by their doctors, should strive to eat foods with a low glycemic index. Although this is a relatively new practice in the medical field, its implications are taken seriously as diabetes management is not a simple task for the diabetic. The glycemic index has the potential to help diabetics with their daily food choices to enable their disease management to be successful over a lifetime!
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