What Is the Glycemic Index?

February 22, 2016

Low glycemic foods are the best way to a trimmer waist and healthier life. But what role do they play on the Sonoma Diet? Find out here:

What is the glycemic index? The glycemic index ranks foods according to their effect on your blood-sugar levels. Foods that are high on the GI (more than 70) — such as white bread or white potatoes — break down quickly in the bloodstream, rapidly raising blood-sugar levels. With high glycemic meals, you find that soon after you’re done eating, you’re hungry again — and tired!

On the other hand, foods farther down the GI (lower than 55) are metabolized more slowly, keeping your hunger satisfied and your appetite on a more even keel. In other words, low glycemic foods are better at providing a slow energy release throughout the day. There are experts who believe that by avoiding blood-sugar surges, you can help prevent many dangerous health conditions.

What role does it play in The New Sonoma Diet? One of the exciting new features of The New Sonoma Diet is the emphasis on quality carbohydrates and other foods that slowly trickle blood sugar (glucose) into your bloodstream, thereby keeping your energy levels up and your hunger under control. More importantly, choosing low glycemic foods helps your body lose those extra pounds around your waist and decreases your risk factors for inflammation, diabetes, and heart disease.

What are the benefits of low glycemic meals?

  • Help weight loss, especially around the waist
  • Reduce the risk of diabetes
  • Reduce the risk for heart disease
  • Improve blood cholesterol levels
  • Decrease inflammation inside the body
  • Reduce hunger and keep you satisfied longer
  • Maintain energy levels and promote physical endurance

Do you need to calculate the glycemic load of foods to be successful on the Sonoma Diet? No. Becoming familiar with the glycemic response of foods will help you make smarter choices, but you don’t need to calculate the glycemic index and the estimated glycemic load on The New Sonoma Diet. Just have confidence that recipes are designed with your optimal health in mind, using the best combinations of natural, wholesome foods with low glycemic responses. The goal is not to eliminate carbohydrates and breads from your daily diet, but to include nutrient-rich choices of whole grains and colorful fruits and vegetables as part of satisfying meals that will promote health and are linked with higher energy levels, better sleep patterns, and happier moods.