What is the Glycemic Index?
Glycemic Index is a tool that ranks foods according to their effect on blood glucose levels. Every type of carbohydrate you eat has a different effect on your blood sugar. Foods are ranked on a scale from 0-100, Carbohydrates that break down quickly during digestion have the highest GI, whilst those that break down slowly, releasing glucose gradually into the blood stream have low GI.
Consuming low GI food is the preferred healthier choice for people that are pre diabetic or diabetic as it prevents rapid rise and fall of blood sugar levels and suppresses appetite therefore aids better weight management
Bestfield low GI rice has a Glycemic Index of 49 and contains Vitamin B1, essential amino acids, proteins, dietary fibre, iron, phosphorous, calcium and zinc. This makes Bestfield low GI rice an ideal choice for rice and functional rice products used in food.
Choosing low glycemic foods can curb blood sugar spikes and lower risk of diabetes
If you have diabetes, you know all too well that when you eat carbohydrates, your blood sugar goes up. The total amount of carbs you consume at a meal or in a snack mostly determines what your blood sugar will do. But the food itself also plays a role. A serving of white rice has almost the same effect as eating pure table sugar — a quick, high spike in blood sugar. A serving of lentils has a slower, smaller effect.
Picking good sources of carbs can help you control your blood sugar and your weight. Eating healthier carbohydrates can help prevent a host of chronic conditions, especially diabetes, but it can also ward off heart disease and various cancers.
One way to choose foods is with the glycemic index (GI). This tool measures how much a food boosts blood sugar.
The glycemic index rates the effect of a specific amount of a food on blood sugar compared with the same amount of pure glucose. A food with a glycemic index of 28 boosts blood sugar only 28% as much as pure glucose. One with a GI of 95 acts like pure glucose.
High glycemic foods result in a quick spike in insulin and blood sugar (also known as blood glucose). Low glycemic foods have a slower, smaller effect.
Low GI 55 or less
Medium GI 56-69
High GI 70 or more
Bestfield Rice products are created using a patented process to create Low GI Rice from standard rice grown naturally that is GMO free.