How to keep your Blood Sugar in Control using Glycemic Index?
- November 14,2020
- 5 Min Read
Diwali is that time of the year when you tend to give up on your healthy diet for all the savouries, thereby, taking home not just satisfied taste buds but also a whole lot of calories and sugar.
Indian festivals are incomplete without social gathering and a sumptuous feast.
There are certain factors which affect the blood sugar levels during festival season. People tend to eat a large serving of food, including sweets, fried and fatty food.
Consuming too many sweets can lead to several health conditions, especially for those suffering from irregular blood sugar levels and high blood pressure. Diabetic patients must be careful about their diet during the festive season to avoid jeopardizing their health.
The solution to this is just a little awareness about glycemic index, which could be a blessing in disguise this festive season.
Glycemic index is a ranking of food items rich in carbohydrates as per their action on blood sugar levels.
Low Glycemic Index (GI) is the key buzz word in the healthy eating space. Low GI food by their slow digestion and absorption produce a gradual rise in blood sugar levels. Thus, low GI foods prevent excess calorie consumption and avoid severe health conditions like obesity and cardiovascular diseases.
It is essential that one meal in your day is low on glycemic index.
Below is the chart of glycemic index for common food items:
Classification of glycemic index:
High: 70+, Medium: 56-69, Low: 55 or less.
Apart from using the glycemic index tool, you would also want to be sure about the effects of the festival on your blood sugar.
Get yourself tested today!
Practically, every family, every household has a few people suffering from diabetes. Hence, it’s imperative that you take stock of your health and get your diabetes tests done today.
Tests for diabetes include:
- Fasting blood sugar
- Post meal blood sugar