On our last post we have talked about what Glycemic Index and its values are. This time around, let’s go over what Glycemic Load and its values are.
GL (glycemic load) is a measure that takes into account the amount of carbohydrate in a portion of food together with how quickly it raises blood glucose levels (GI). It helps us know how much glucose per serving a food can provide us. In a sense, GL is a much more accurate tool to use to monitor the rate at which a food can influence our blood sugar levels.
GL helps us know how much glucose per serving a food can provide us
Following are the glycemic load values:
- Low GL: 10 or less
- Medium GL: 11 to 19
- High GL: 20 or higher
Benefits of low GI diet :
- Improved cholesterol levels.
- May help with weight loss.
- Improve blood sugar levels in diabetic patients.
- Improve pregnancy outcomes in women with gestational diabetes.
- May reduce the risk of heart disease.
- May reduce the risk of cancers.