Glycemic Index

Everywhere I go lately, I am hearing people talking about and asking me about glycemic index. I hope this will help you to understand it more. Come back next week for additional information on this subject.

Glycemic Index: is a scale of 0-100 illustrating how carbohydrates raise blood sugar after eating High GI foods are absorbed fast and cause high blood sugar levels-spikes. Kids going crazy and bouncing off the walls after sugar is an example of the effect of high GI. Low GI foods are absorbed more slowly and cause the a much slower rise in blood sugar levels which has proven health benefits. Low GI diets have benefits for weight control because they help control appetite and are also beneficial for improving glucose and lipid(fat) levels in people with diabetes(Type 1 and 2).

Glycemic Index(GI) indicates the level of glucose in a food.

I love agave nectar(GI 32) and palm/coconut palm sugar(GI 35) to sweeten compared to Honey that is (GI58) and refined white sugar(GI64-80).. See my previous articles on both of them for more benefits/details.

Some of the sweeteners such as Agave are sweeter than sugar, so you can use less! I spent 7 years developing recipes with the right amount of alternative natural sweeteners in my cookbook, No Wheat No Dairy No Problem which you can order on this site and I will personally autograph it just for you!

See the Recipe of the Week tab above for a low calorie, high fiber, healthy Pureed Vegetable Soup! Be Well, Lauren

Coconut Palm Sugar-Low Glycemic Index sugar alternative!

Palm sugar is a healthy alternative sweetener that has a lower glycemic index (GI35) than cane sugar, agave nectar or honey. Therefore, it is suitable for most diabetics! Organic evaporated palm sugar is especially high in minerals including potassium, magnesium and zinc, vitamins B2, B3 and B6. Palm sugar is unbleached, unfiltered and free of preservatives. The flavor has a slight coconut taste with overtones of caramel-yummy!

Organic Coconut Palm Sugar, a revolutionary sugar made from the nectar of the Coconut Palm Blossom. Amazingly low glycemic index of 35, meaning it is absorbed into your blood stream slowly and doesn’t have that rushed feeling you can get from regular sugar. A great alternative for people with blood sugar problem.

Moms, your kids won’t be bouncing off the walls due to too much sugar!! No more hyper activity from sugar!!! One teaspoon contains 10 calories and 2.5 grams of sugar and carbohydrates. It can be used as a 1:1 ratio/equal amounts in place of white/cane sugar. You can use it in place of all unrefined sugars including: sucanat, maple sugar or date sugar in my cookbook recipes, No Wheat No Dairy No Problem! Excellent in the fruit crisp topping and cookies! It comes in a liquid form as well and can be substituted in equal amounts for Agave or Maple Syrup in my recipes.

Big Tree Farms & Navita Naturals palm sugar is also vegan and kosher-available at health food stores. It can be labeled as Coconut Sugar, Palm Sugar and Coconut Palm Sugar and they are all the same product.

Cheers and Be Well, Lauren Hoover-West