The Paleo Diet and the Glycemic Index

In many websites that provide information on the Paleo Diet, a term that you would often hear mentioned is Glycemic Index or GI.

 What is the Glycemic Index?

gi and paleo diet The Glycemic measures the amount of carbohydrates that you consume and what specific effects these carbs would have on the blood sugar level of your body. Carbs – in the form of simple sugars – have a tendency to break down rapidly during digestion which is followed an equally rapid release of glucose into the bloodstream.

These foods are said to have a high GI. Because of the spike in glucose levels, the pancreas secretes more insulin in the attempt to restore circulating blood sugar back to their normal levels.

In contrast, you also have foods that contain complex carbohydrates. Unlike simple carbs, complex carbs have a low GI. As a result, breakdown of sugars occurs more slowly so that your body does not experience the spikes in blood glucose levels.

The Paleo Diet and the Glycemic Index

The next question that needs to be asked is how does the Paleo Diet fit into this picture of blood sugar levels and the Glycemic Index?

The Paleo Diet strictly prohibits the intake of foods that are not included in the regular diet of the primitive caveman. Since the cavemen have not yet developed the techniques to grow, harvest, much more cook agricultural products, the diet restricts intake of grains, potatoes, and legumes and products that are derived or processed from them. Instead, the Paleo Diet advocates greater consumption of healthy carbs such as those that can be found in fruits and vegetables.

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Those who have tried out the Paleo Diet have noted that the foods that are allowed in the plan have a low glycemic index. These would include meats, fish, poultry and eggs (although you still need to watch out for your fat intake). Fruits, vegetables and nuts have a low index of 55 or less, so that they are permitted in the diet plan.

Diabetics who have decided to give the Paleo Diet a try have reported fewer occurrences of blood sugar spikes. There have been some who even claimed that their injections of insulin have become less since they started on the Paleo Diet.

If you are considering going on the Paleo Diet, make sure that you consult with your doctor first. He or she could give you helpful feedback on whether or not this diet will be beneficial for your health. Even if your doctor does not approve of the diet, there is no harm in giving it a try. Just make sure that you allow yourself to be monitored for the duration of the diet, particularly your blood sugar levels.

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