What is a glycemic load chart all about? What are the foods listed in and what are their glycemic index?
Ok, that's start then. First of all, you must know that this chart lists the foods and the related amount of carbohydrates and calories. Actually, this chart represents the basis of a glycemic load diet.
A glycemic index does measure how much your blood sugar levels are raised after eating certain amount of carbohydrates from any foods source. Meanwhile, the glycemic load gives you the effect of a serving size of that certain foods on your blood sugar, that is more specifically.
So, the chart of the glycemic load comes to you with the foods, their serving size, and the related glycemic index and glycemic load. That is very great, especially when you are planning your low carb diet as the best diabetes diet choice.
As a diabetic you are advised to have a total glycemic load of food lower than 500 throughout the day. If you exceed this amount, especially of those starchy carbs (wheat), then you have to face with the obesity. Thus, the final result would be : the deterioration of diabetes (mal-management problems).
Even though you might not have diabetes, but you have pre-diabetes or insulin resistance, you may take advantage from this chart. So, you may see that your condition is ameliorated.
At the end I want to remind you that the glycemic load chart gives a more complete picture than does the glycemic index alone although it is a relatively new way of accessing the effects of carbs intake.
Keep an eye on what you eat and for greater results you may consider some lifestyle changes , which helps managing diabetes and your weight too.
Written by Dr.Albana Greca Sejdini, Md, MMedSc
Medically reviewed by Dr.Ruden Cakoni, MD, Endocrinologist