Whats the difference between GI and GL index? Get to know your glycemic load for maintaining your weight.
What is the glycemic index in foods?
You may have heard about glycemic index or low GI foods which is a numeric system based on how quickly your blood sugar rises, which is a scale based on 0 – 100 and when say a pure form of glucose (sugar) ranks the highest of 100, which affects how quickly the foods go into your blood stream which converts quickly to fat which is not what our body needs in regards to management of diabetes and which leads to obesity issues and metabolic syndrome.
The lower the rating is a score to look for with foods high in fibre, wholesome and wholegrain foods which gives a much slower blood sugar rise which allows for proper blood sugar energy metabolism. The more processed foods and higher sugar content will drastically rise, causing poor blood sugar regulation causing this yoyo effect, and a roller coaster of energy spikes.
What is glycemic load in foods?
So, what are the glycemic Load, this is a different type of carbohydrate containing foods which affects our bloods sugars differently. It also looks at the total numbers of blood glucose sugar effects on the food, but also most importantly it will also work on a per serve of food, and our blood sugar glucose intake, with the glycemic load it looks at both.
GL or glycemic load actually gives you a better indication of your all over glucose regulation on your serving size, instead of just the food into account.
Glycemic Load = GI x Carbohydrate (g) content per portion ÷ 100.
For example, a single apple has a GI of 38 and contains 13 grams of carbohydrate
GL= 38 x 13/100 = 5
Watermelon has a GI index of (80).
But a single serving of watermelon actually has a very small amount of carbohydrate effect on blood sugars with only a GL glycemic load of (5).
The management of our all over health, and maintaining our weight long term.
Glycemic index is important for diabetes, but looking at GL gylcemic load, has been shown to be really important for our all over health, managing healthy bloods sugar levels and maintaining a healthy weight, to help and support our metabolic health.
With Metabolic Balance® the glycemic load is something which plays a big role with a personalised nutritional plan and foods to reset your metabolism.
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