Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Low GI foods may improve eating habits for type-2 diabetes sufferers

by: Michelle Bosmier

A new study carried out at Ohio State University and published in the journal Patient Education and Counseling shows that consuming a number of foods with low glycemic indexes (GI)each day can improve long-term dietary habits for type-2 diabetes patients.

The study was carried out on 35 type-2 diabetes sufferers aged 35 to 65. Lead study author and professor of human nutrition, Carla Miller, explained that setting simple goals can help anyone overcome unhealthy eating habits, regardless of their history.

Low GI foods regulate health

Consequently, participants in the study were asked to eat either 6 or 8 daily servings of low GI foods over an eight-week period, as such foods contain slow release carbohydrates and will not dramatically elevate blood sugar levels. To achieve this goal, participants tweaked their diets by replacing 500 calories worth of food with low-glycemic-index foods, including whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables. Foods are usually measured against a GI range with a maximal value of 100, and those that score in the lower half of the range (with a GI of 55 or less) are generally considered healthy. Read more...

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