For this week’s challenge, we’re supposed to write about Soyjoy and Glycemic Index. So here goes! Teacher nadnut is gonna answer your questions on Glycemic Index and Soyjoy.
Q: I’ve only heard about carbs and calories. What the heck is Glycemic Index?
A: Glycemic Index (from hereon shall be referred to as GI) is the ranking of carbohydrates according to their effects on our blood sugar /glucose levels. Foods that are high GI are quickly digested and turned into sugar. GI is basically a ranking of carbohydrates according to their effect on our blood glucose levels. A low GI food will release glucose more slowly and steadily. A high GI food causes a more rapid rise in blood glucose levels.
The glycemic index range is as follows:
Low GI = 55 or less
Medium GI = 56 – 69
High GI = 70 or more
Q: Give me some examples of food that contain high GI.
A: As shown in the picture above, these are some examples of food that is classified as high GI. These foods usually lack the necessary vitamins or nutrients and contain needless calories and fats. Foods with a high Glycemic Index (foods ranking 70 or greater on the scale) include:
• Foods high in sugar or glucose
• Baked or mashed potatoes
• White Rice
• Regular (not whole grain) bread
• Cookies, cakes, muffins, doughnuts
• Junk foods
Q: So what harm can these high GI food do?
A: As you can see in the pictures above, high GI items are carbohydrates that break down rapidly. As we all know, when energy isn’t used, it gets converted to…. FAT! Which isn’t good if you’re trying to control your weight! There is also compelling evidence that states that high GI is associated with the increased risk of obesity. Eating a lot of foods that contain high GI can be extremely detrimental to your health because it pushes your body to extremes and some studies have suggested that diets heavy in high-GI foods can contribute to weight gain, diabetes and heart disease.
Q: Ahhhh I see. Now tell me why I should consider switching to eating low GI foods.
A: Your body will digest these foods slowly leaving you feeling full for longer and allowing you to eat less calories without feeling hungry. Several lines of recent scientific evidence have shown that individuals who followed a low GI diet over many years were at a significantly lower risk for developing both type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease than others. Switching to eating mainly low GI carbs that slowly trickle glucose into your blood stream keeps your energy levels balanced and means you will feel fuller for longer between meals.
Not convinced? Here’s more reasons why!
* Low GI diets help people lose and control weight
* Low GI diets increase the body’s sensitivity to insulin
* Low GI carbs improve diabetes control
* Low GI carbs reduce the risk of heart disease
* Low GI carbs reduce blood cholesterol levels
* Low GI carbs can help you manage the symptoms of PCOS
* Low GI carbs reduce hunger and keep you fuller for longer
* Low GI carbs prolong physical endurance
* High GI carbs help re-fuel carbohydrate stores after exercise
Q: Last question! Why should I try SoyJoy?
A: Every Soyjoy bar begins with high-quality, non-genetically modified whole soybeans. Unlike other soy products that use highly processed soy protein isolates, the whole soy ground into every Soyjoy bar keeps the rich fiber and heart-healthy soy nutrients intact. Whole soy is packed full of antioxidant isoflavones, high-quality protein, vitamins, minerals, polyunsaturated fatty acids, fiber, and all nine amino acids essential to human nutrition. Plus, whole soy is low in saturated fat and cholesterol free. All those healthy sounding terms mean that soy, a superfood, is a smart choice for your body. The many nutrients packed into a small soybean help promote healthy hearts, bones and bodies. Whole soy has got a leg up on other legumes when it comes to health. Not only is it healthy, it’s tasty too!
I’ve come to an end of my lesson. I hope you’ve picked up some valuable tips!
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