glycemic index

Glycemic Index

If you’re eating right—filling your plate with organic salad greens and colorful veggies, accompanied by grass-fed meats, wild fish and raw nuts and seeds—then you’re already eating low on the glycemic index. Congratulations! For those of you new to this healthy way of eating, you’ll soon find it’s a simple and effective way to lose weight, reduce cravings, increase energy levels, boost … [Read more...]

Blood Sugar

One-third of American adults and two-thirds of people with heart disease have high blood sugar. What’s more, over 6 million people in the U.S. have diabetes– and don’t even know it. Take control of your health by getting control of your blood sugar. Blood sugar is, quite simple,  the amount of glucose in the blood. But how does it get there?. How Do Blood Sugar Levels Rise? When you digest … [Read more...]


Want to slow the hands of time, reduce visible aging and the risk for chronic disease? Then get serious about your blood sugar. The period of time when sugar pumps through the blood stream is time that your body is being severely damaged. And the MORE sugar you eat, and the MORE often you eat it, the MORE damage is done. So what makes sugar in the blood so harmful? One reason is that … [Read more...]

Insulin Sensitivity

The degree to which cells respond to a particular dose of insulin by lowering blood glucose levels. … [Read more...]


Diabetes is a disease in which blood sugar levels are above normal. People with diabetes have problems converting food to energy. After a meal, food is broken down into a sugar called glucose, which is carried by the blood to cells throughout the body. Cells use the hormone insulin, made in the pancreas, to help them process blood glucose into energy.  Insulin is secreted when glucose from a … [Read more...]


Obesity is a growing epidemic that is associated with most chronic diseases including heart disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and some cancers. If you are obese, losing even 5 to 10 percent of your weight can delay or prevent some of these diseases. … [Read more...]

Insulin Resistance

Insulin resistance is the condition in which normal amounts of insulin are inadequate to produce a normal insulin response from fat, muscle and liver cells. High plasma levels of insulin and glucose due to insulin resistance often leads to metabolic syndrome and diabetes, including its complications. … [Read more...]

Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome, also known as "Syndrome X", is a combination of medical disorders that increases the risk of heart disease and diabetes. The symptoms include: High blood pressure High blood sugar levels High levels of triglycerides Low levels of HDL Excess fat around your waist Some studies estimate the prevalence in the USA to be up to 25% of the population. … [Read more...]

Glycemic Load

While the glycemic index (GI) serves as a good general guide for how foods affect blood sugar, it fails to take one aspect into consideration: amount. And that’s really important because it’s BOTH quality (the GI rating) and quantity (serving size) of carbohydrate that impacts blood sugar. Glycemic Load =  Type of Carb + Amount of Carb While the glycemic index (GI) measures glycemic response … [Read more...]


Glucose is a monosaccharide (or simple sugar). Glucose is an energy source in most organisms, from bacteria to humans. The name comes from the Greek word glykys, which means "sweet", plus the suffix "-ose" which denotes a sugar. Glucose is found in certain fruits, such as grapes, and can be made in the body from starch, cane sugar(sucrose), milk sugar(lactose), and malt syrup(maltose). … [Read more...]

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