‘GI’ stands for ‘glycemic index’, which is a system of measuring the effect carbohydrates in food can have on blood sugar levels in the body. This system estimates how much each gram of carbohydrate in a particular food can raise a person’s blood glucose levels after eating. The higher the blood sugar levels after eating, the higher the GI ranking of that food (on a scale of 0 – 100).
In recent years more light has been shed on the correlation between GI and weight loss. It has been suggested that diets that include a lot of high GI foods can lead to health problems such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Examples of high GI foods include white bread, corn flakes and white potato.
It’s easier to follow a low GI diet if you cook at home, because it allows you to control which ingredients go into your meals. This low GI recipe section is for people who would like to include more low GI meals in their diet, and also simply for people who love cooking and eating!