Monday, 21 October 2013

What makes us fat?

First of all, you have to be aware that we are getting fat maliny by eating carbohydrates with high glycemic index (GI). Those carbohydrates cause  a sharp rise in glucose level of the blood. As our body is not able to deal with such an amount of sugar, it converts it into the fat tissue. However, since our body needs carbohydrates we cannot completely stop eating them but we can choose those with a low glycemic index. Carbohydrates with a low GI release the glucose to our bloodstream in a slow and gradual way. This results in a longer time of the releasing process what gives us a longer feeling of bellyful.

However, the question is how to recognize which products contain high and which low glycemic index. The answer is simple! The GI symbol indicates the GI rating of packaged food products in supermarkets. It ranks food products based on the volume at which they break down from carbohydrate to sugar in the bloodstream. GI rating is as follows:

Low GI (less than 55) 
Medium GI (55 to 70) 

High GI (greater than 70) 

That's why you should include to your diet: lentils, legumes, pasta, basmati rice, pita breads, breakfast cereal based on oats, barley or bran, grain or soya bread, beans, fruit (except those with high GI), milk, porridge, eggs, peanut butter, red wine.
Products which you should avoid are: potatoes, white bread, long-grain rice, cornfakes, snacks, honey, carrots, banana, pineapple, melon, popcorn and alcohol (except red wine). 

Hope this was useful!
Have a nice day! :)

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