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Glycemic Index

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Just a little post about the GI for fruits.

High = 60+

Medium = 40-59

Low = 20-39

Very low = 19 or under

Cherries 22

Grapefruit 25

Plums 24-39

Banana (unripe) 30

Strawberries 32

Pear 36

Apples 37

Peach 42

Orange 44

Grapes 43-52

Banana 53-62

That is just a general list of some typical fruit we eat, most are of the lower GI ranking. smile.gif I found it very helpful when grocery shopping. Also, here is a tidbit about the taking in of GIness:

It is better to eat foods low in the GI index BEFORE you exercise, since excerise is more about endurance and you want to last. You dont want a sugar surge. Its like when people eat chocolate and they get really hyper, then all the sudden they're tired. It's better to eat high GI index foods AFTER you exercise, since you're weared out and want that bit of energy to kick you up again.

If any corrections are needed, feel free to do so. biggrin.gif Im no expert.

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hey there, good to know!! I'm gonna have to take this list along when I go shopping!! biggrin.gif

oh and did you get my pm about gluten free foods? just wondering.

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For foods that don't have around the same amount of carbs that was used in testing the GI or foods that aren't around that amount in a serving, the GI is worthless.

What you want is the GL= the load is much more accurate than the index.

Eg. Look up the GI of carrots. Now look up the GL. Pretty big difference huh?

Next time you go shopping take a GL list with you instead.

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For foods that don't have around the same amount of carbs that was used in testing the GI or foods that aren't around that amount in a serving, the GI is worthless.

What you want is the GL= the load is much more accurate than the index.

Eg. Look up the GI of carrots. Now look up the GL. Pretty big difference huh?

Next time you go shopping take a GL list with you instead.

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Be careful when you define refined though. As all bread are refined but whole grain breads actually have a lower GL than those fruits. They also have more fiber and have a similar comparison in terms of nutrition. Like others have said, it may be the gluten that they can't handle, which doesn't make bread any less healthy, just that some people can't processes it right.

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Be careful when you define refined though. As all bread are refined but whole grain breads actually have a lower GL than those fruits. They also have more fiber and have a similar comparison in terms of nutrition. Like others have said, it may be the gluten that they can't handle, which doesn't make bread any less healthy, just that some people can't processes it right.

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I mean refined as in hamburger buns, hot dog buns, Holsum Bread, "whole wheat" that isn't whole grain bread, tortillas, chips, cookies, cakes, granola bars.  Certainly sprouted grain bread, Sugar Buster's Multigrain loaf and others of similar character are good choices.  I would still stear clear of grains for a month - just lean proteins, veggies galore, and fruits.  Stopping wheat, sugars, grains and dairy for one month solid will give many people's digestive system a rest and will allow those who are sensitive to find out what they are sensitive to by gradually adding some things back.

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I am a vegan, and must eat beans and brown rice to get protein.  Is this fine?  Also soy milk...

Thank you  wub.gif

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Absolutely, beans & rice, green beans & almonds are great ways to get a complete protein.  I eat rice maybe... 2 - 4x a week and it's not a problem for me.  I used to always eat white rice, but finally converted over to brown rice as it's healthier, but physically haven't noticed a difference.  Interesteing, I've actually learned to enjoy the taste of whole grain rice varieties now over white. So now the only time I get white rice is the asian fried rice types, unless they offer a brown rice. There are definately some grains that people can consume, but if you choose not to eat wheat, than you can't have seitan either, OK.  As for soy milk.....they have added sugar, but if you aren't sensitive to small amounts or to soy, it shouldn't be a problem.  If you are to sugars, WestSoy makes unsweetened versions.  Oh and if you can handle almonds grab the Pacifica Brand, it is way better than soy in my opinion.

http://www.westsoy.biz/products/organic.php

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Absolutely, beans & rice, green beans & almonds are great ways to get a complete protein.  I eat rice maybe... 2 - 4x a week and it's not a problem for me.  I used to always eat white rice, but finally converted over to brown rice as it's healthier, but physically haven't noticed a difference.  Interesteing, I've actually learned to enjoy the taste of whole grain rice varieties now over white. So now the only time I get white rice is the asian fried rice types, unless they offer a brown rice. There are definately some grains that people can consume, but if you choose not to eat wheat, than you can't have seitan either, OK.  As for soy milk.....they have added sugar, but if you aren't sensitive to small amounts or to soy, it shouldn't be a problem.  If you are to sugars, WestSoy makes unsweetened versions.  Oh and if you can handle almonds grab the Pacifica Brand, it is way better than soy in my opinion.

http://www.westsoy.biz/products/organic.php

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