Freebees on the Glycemic Index: High Protein Food
Ever heard of a 'freebee' in a diet? Well, listen up - because with the glycemic index high protein food is your freebee, and yes, it's actual 'legal' - unlike in other diets.
So, how does this diet freebee come in, and what do protein foods have to do with anything?
The glycemic index is all about how fast foods are digested and absorbed into your body, and how this digestion affects your blood sugar level. For example, eating something that digests quickly will spike your blood sugar, which is considered to be bad and unhealthy.
The slower the digestion, the slower the sugars are absorbed. This means that your blood sugar level stays more even, and rises slowly. Basically, the slower the digestion, the better for your health.
Eating high glycemic food can become a vicious craving cycle, and it can be hard to break for many people. Some don't even realizing what they're doing to their bodies, and how it affects them.
Protein, by nature, slows digestion. It won't halt your digestion by any means, but it does pass through your body slowly, absorbing little by little, instead of all right away.
When you add protein to something that has a high glycemic level - like when you put peanut butter on a bagel, for example - you're not only slowly digesting the peanut butter, but the bagel, too.
The higher the protein, the slower that your digestion is going to work. And of course, the slower it works, the more time your body has to absorb the sugars.
This keeps your blood sugar levels much more even, and easier to manage.
What This Means to You
Many people think that when they start using the glycemic index for a diet, they have to cut out a lot of foods that they really love, like rice, bread, bagels, and even cereals.
But that's not the case. While these foods shouldn't be consumed all of the time, when they're coupled with something that's high in protein, they're easier for the body to work with.
It's sort of like someone telling you that you can eat your cake, but you have to finish your meal first. As long as that protein is there, your body can slowly break down everything else.
While you shouldn't be always consuming foods that are high on the glycemic index, they're not completely taboo. Remember that with the glycemic index high protein food is your freebee! Combine protein and higher glycemic foods to keep your blood sugar stable.
You now know that protein causes your body to digest slowly, and therefore it's much healthier for you. You also will stay full longer; even if you've eaten something that you don't think should keep you full.
Simple, isn't it? Now, what other diet gives you such freebees?
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