Diabetes and Glycemic Index
Diabetes is a disease in which blood sugar (blood glucose) levels of the patients are high. Glycemic Index is a number that tells us the total rise in the blood sugar level of the person following the consumption of food. The number ranges From 50 to 100 where 100 number represents pure glucose. A food with high glycemic index raises blood glucose level more as compared to food with low or medium glycemic index. A diabetic patient is required to take low glycemic diet in order to maintain healthy blood glucose levels.
What is low glycemic index diet?
Diet that contain low glycemic index foods is known as low glycemic index diet. In general, the glycemic index measures that how much 50 gram of a carbohydrate raises blood glucose levels as compared to pure glucose which has glycemic index of 100. Foods with glycemic index 70 or higher are considered as high glycemic index foods while those with glycemic index of 55 or below are considered low glycemic index foods.
Examples of Foods with low glycemic index
Foods with low GI include dried beans, legumes, non-starchy vegetables, some starchy vegetables (such as sweet potatoes, most of the fruits), many whole grain breads and cereals like barley, rye bread etc. Meats and fats don't have glycemic index as they do not contain carbohydrate in it.
What are the factors that affects the glycemic index?
There are many factors that affects the glycemic index of food and they are explained below:
Cooking - The more cooked food has higher glycemic index.
Processing - The more processed food has higher glycemic index. Juice has a higher glycemic index than fruit. The mashed potato has a higher glycemic index than whole baked potato.
Ripeness - The more ripe fruit or vegetable has a higher glycemic index than less ripe fruit or vegetable.
Variety - Brown rice has a higher glycemic index than converted long grain-white rice but short grain rice has a higher glycemic index than brown rice.
Is it necessary for a diabetic patient to eat only low GI foods at every meal?
A diabetic patient will get benefit with every low glycemic index meal but it is not necessary for a diabetic patient to eat low GI foods in every meal but at least one time meal should contain low Glycemic index diet. By eating the combination of high glycemic food with low glycemic food such as high glycemic index bakery products with protein foods or low glycemic index fruit or legumes results in medium glycemic index of foods.
Is there any natural supplement for supporting healthy blood sugar level?
Natural supplements help maintain healthy diet which is the first and the most important requirement for the healthy body. Natural supplements which are free From any chemicals and additives are the best way to take care of the body in a natural way.
Planet Ayurveda's dietary supplement for Healthy Glucose Levels
Planet Ayurveda provides "Diabeta plus capsules" for maintaining healthy blood glucose level.
The Diabeta Plus of Planet Ayurveda contains Gurmaar (Gymnema sylvestrae), Karela (Momordica charantia), Vizaysaar (Pterocarpus marsupium), Saptrangi (Salacia oblonga), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) and Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) in it. The product is free From chemicals and is 100 percent pure and vegetarian and free From any side effects.
The other supplements of Planet Ayurveda for supporting healthy glucose levels include Gymnema, Bittermelon, Dia-Finito.