Low Glycemic Foods

Snack Your Way to Thin

…absorbing, and storing the food you eat. It’s called diet-induced thermogenesis and it’s one of the reasons why smart snacking throughout the day can actually help you burn fat and lose weight. Notice I said “smart” snacking. The types of foods you chose can make or break…

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Diabesity Challenge Tip: Eat Low-Glycemic Carbohydrates

…who consumed low glycemic foods. High glycemic diets are also linked to increased risk of diabetes, gallbladder disease, and elevations in triglycerides, cholesterol, and C-reactive protein (a marker of inflammation implicated in a number of diseases). The glycemic load of a food also plays a key…

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Enjoy Healthy Carbs

…a high glycemic index enter the bloodstream quickly, prompting a rapid rise in blood sugar followed by an equally dramatic drop a few hours later. Fueling your body with these quick-burning carbohydrates can leave you feeling tired, hungry, and irritable. On the other hand, foods with a low glycemic

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Glycemic Index vs. Glycemic Load

…a food plus the amount of available, or net, carbohydrates in a standard serving. Which is Better? I’m giving the nod to glycemic load, and here’s why. Some foods with a high GI actually have minimal effects on blood sugar levels when eaten in normal quantities, while others with a low

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Why Low-Carbohydrate Diets Work

…Protein foods provoke some insulin response, but it is far less than that of carbohydrates, and fat doesn’t stimulate the release of insulin at all. Therefore, eating a low-carb diet dramatically decreases insulin production. Additionally, a low-carbohydrate diet reduces food intake, because…

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4 Secrets for Eating Your Way to Better Heart Health

…trans-fatty acids found in fried and processed foods have deleterious effects on the cardiovascular system and increase risk of heart disease—but people still insist on eating them. A smarter approach is to cut these “heart attack” foods out of your diet, and make these four…

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Six Super Health Benefits of Beans

Low on the Glycemic Index If you are watching your weight or your blood sugar, you are probably familiar with the glycemic index (GI) of different foods. In laymen’s terms, glycemic index basically refers to how quickly foods are broken down in your body and how they affect blood sugar. Foods

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Dietary Sugar Intake: How to Manage It

…extremely low glycemic index, so it is safe for people with diabetes. It also has 40 percent fewer calories than sugar. (Note: Some people are sensitive to sugar alcohols and large doses can cause gastrointestinal distress.) Both of these sugar alternatives can be found in most health food stores…

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Four Simple Steps to Improve Cognitive Function

…plate because your brain needs food to learn. She was definitely on to something—what we eat absolutely affects our minds and can either hurt or improve cognitive function. In fact, the standard American diet of meat, potatoes, bread, sweets, and processed foods is a recipe for dementia and…

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How Thanksgiving Promotes Health and Well-Being

…have a lower glycemic load than white potatoes, making them a better choice. Plus, sweet potatoes are chock-full of vitamins C and E and other antioxidants, particularly beta-carotene—nutrients that promote healthy vision and boost immune function. And like most plant foods, sweet potatoes…

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5 Weight Loss Myths, Debunked!

…unhealthy trans fats (found in processed and most fast foods), what most of us are lacking are the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These essential fatty acids (EFAs), which are critical for optimal health, can only be obtained through foods or supplements because the body is unable to produce them…

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The Reciprocal Relationship Between Blood Sugar and Sleep

…after two nights of restricted sleep, the men reported a 24 percent increase in appetite, craving starchy and high-fat foods rather than fruits, vegetables, or high-protein foods. Other research has shown that there is a clear association between sleep apnea—a very common but often undiagnosed…

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How to Beat Metabolic Syndrome

…syndrome is, insulin resistance is surprisingly misunderstood. So, here’s the 25-cent tour. After your digestive system has broken down the food you eat into its basic constituents, nutrients enter the bloodstream. The presence of glucose (sugar) prompts the pancreas to secrete insulin, which…

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The Real Secret for Eliminating Acne

…that eat a traditional diet of wild game, fish, and fruit. He also noted that once those people start eating refined sugars and other processed foods, acne becomes as common for them as it is for Westerners. After ruling out genetics and other variables, Dr. Cordain concluded acne vulgaris is due…

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Diabesity Challenge Tip: Make a Commitment to Health

…changing. Make a Public Commitment First, don’t commit to losing X number of pounds. Pledge instead to follow the mini-fast, to eat low-glycemic foods, and to take a 30-minute morning walk at least five days a week for the next three weeks. Of course you’ll be aiming at a target weight,…

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