A healthy lifestyle includes eating a wide variety of nutritious foods, reducing energy dense/nutrient poor foods (such as those with a high proportion of refined carbohydrates, saturated fats or sodium) drinking plenty of water and being physically active every day. Looking after your general health & wellbeing.
An easy way to ensure you are ticking the healthy eating box is to follow a low GI diet – whether you are looking to improve your general health, have sustained energy or help prevent or manage a specific health condition.
Research has proven that a healthy low GI diet helps people with diabetes (type 1 and type 2) manage their blood glucose levelsi, blood cholesterol levelsii and reduce insulin resistanceiii – which is important for reducing the risk of long term diabetes related complications. More.
Achieve or Maintain a Healthy Weight
Overweight and obesity are major underlying causes of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. A low GI diet assists you to reach and maintain your goal weight by helping you manage hunger, burn body fat and maintain your metabolic rateiv. More.
The quality of your diet during pregnancy can affect your child’s future health, long after it has been bornv. A poor diet during pregnancy may predispose a child to developing obesity or diabetes when he or she is older; whereas a good diet can protect themvi.
Reducing the GI of your diet is one of the safest and most effective ways of ensuring your baby grows at a healthy rate. More.
A low GI diet can improve heart health by:
Sustained Energy Levels
Increase Mental Performance
Low GI foods provide a steady supply of fuel (glucose) to the brain, improving cognitive performance. Our brains run on glucose and have essentially no reserves, so it is important that a constant supply of glucose is provided throughout the day.
For children and teens, eating a low GI breakfast has been associated with better learning and school performance by improving concentrationxii.
Maximise Sports Performance
The body’s main source of fuel is carbohydrate, which in the simplest form is glucose. The carbohydrate you eat or drink that is not used immediately for energy is stored mostly in your muscles and liver as glycogen. When your body needs fuel, it quickly breaks down the glycogen into glucose for energy.
For decades athletes have been using GI science for their sports preparation and recovery. Low GI foods have proven to extend endurance when eaten 1 – 2 hours before prolonged strenuous exercisexiii.
Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
Studies show that consuming a high GI diet for five years or longer may increase the risk of breast cancer by 8% compared with a low GI dietxiv.
Manage Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Women suffering PCOS often develop a resistance to the hormone insulin, which is needed to keep blood glucose levels stable. Following a healthy low GI diet improves insulin sensitivity, and is one of the best and proven ways to help manage PCOS symptoms, such as unwanted weight gainxv.
Growing evidence suggests that a healthy low GI diet can prevent age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness in Australia. High GI diets have been associated with an increased risk of early onset AMDxvi.
High insulin levels that result from eating high GI foods are associated with acne and a low GI diet can help improve acne by regulating insulin imbalance. Research shows that a low GI diet can reduce acne by more than 50% in only 12 weeksxvii.
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