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Answers to Your Low Glycemic Diet Questions

December 14, 2017

Fifty50 Food’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Julie Frost, provides answers to the most common questions about the Low Glycemic diet and why her company is committed to helping people “Eat Well and Feel Good.”

Q. What is the "Glycemic Index"?

A. The "Glycemic Index" or “GI” is a numerical ranking of foods based on their immediate effect to raise blood sugar levels. It measures how fast the carbohydrate of a particular food is converted to glucose (sugar) and enters the bloodstream. A food with a high number enters the bloodstream faster than one with a lower number. When following a Low Glycemic diet, stick to the foods that are lower on the scale to keep you blood sugar levels steady. 

Q. How is the Glycemic Index of foods determined?

A.  The Glycemic Index (GI) is a measure of the power of foods (or specifically the carbohydrate in a food) to raise blood sugar levels after being eaten. The GI values of foods are measured in a clinical testing environment, not just by looking at the composition of the food. Currently, only a few nutrition research groups around the world provide a legitimate testing service. Carbohydrates with a low Glycemic Index value (55 or less) are more slowly digested and absorbed and cause a lower and slower rise in blood sugar while those with a higher Glycemic Index value can spike sugar levels. 

Q. How does a Low Glycemic diet work?

A. All carbohydrates are not the same. Some "gush" into your blood stream and spike your blood sugar. Others just "trickle" in slowly keeping it low. Knowing your carbs and choosing "tricklers" not "gushers" is the secret to making the Low Glycemic diet work. For example, instant mashed potato (GI-87) will raise your blood sugar almost twice as much as an equal serving of brown and wild rice (GI-45). Stick to foods with a Low GI to help you lower your average blood sugar level for the day. 

Q. Will a Low Glycemic diet help control my diabetes?

A. Yes, a Low Glycemic diet helps control both Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. In several studies, a Low-GI diet reduced the HbA1c levels in people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. In a study of children with Type 1 diabetes, the Low Glycemic diet dramatically improved their blood sugar control and the plan was easier for them to understand compared to the diet approved by the American Diabetes Association. (Ref: Diabetes Care 24:1137-1143, 2001.)

Q. Will the Low Glycemic diet help me lose weight?

A. Yes, a Low Glycemic diet will help you lose weight. Losing weight is not just a matter of reducing the amount of food you eat. Since foods with a Low Glycemic Index are absorbed more slowly, the calories from the food you eat are more likely to be burned throughout the day as energy, rather than stored as fat. Low Glycemic foods help your body burn more body fat plus they have the added advantage of filling you up and keep you from getting hungry. 

Q. Are Fifty50 products considered low glycemic?

A: Yes, Fifty50 Foods broad line of products are clinically tested and certified as Low Glycemic foods. We work with food scientists to develop recipes that contain sensible carbs for Low Glycemic diets. Our formulas remove ingredients that rapidly raise blood sugar levels and substitute ingredients without compromising taste. 

Q. What type of Low Glycemic foods do you offer? 

A: Fifty50 Foods has the industry's most extensive variety of certified Low Glycemic foods ranging from no sugar added peanut butters and fruit spreads to candies and cookies to breakfast items like syrup and oatmeal to baking items like pie crust and crystalline fructose that rank lower on the Glycemic Index (GI)

Q. Why did Fifty50 change its look?

A: Based on shopper and retailer insights, we felt it was the right time to showcase how our great-tasting products meet the personal well-being objectives not only for people living with diabetes but also those who want to live a Low Glycemic lifestyle. We want to make it easy for consumers when shopping to identify products for their Low Glycemic diet.  We have a new look but the products have the same great taste. 

Q. What’s behind the legacy of donating half of your company profits to diabetes research? 

A: The founders of Fifty50 Foods had the vision to create great-tasting Low Glycemic foods that people living with diabetes could enjoy while managing their disease and, at the same time, try to help find a cure.  Since 1991, Fifty50 Foods has given half of its profits to fund diabetes research. To date this totals more than $14 million to help prevent, treat and find a cure for the disease. It’s our way of helping people to “Eat Well and Feel Good.”

Q. Where can I purchase Fifty50 Foods? 

A:  Fifty50 Foods’ products are available for purchase at Fifty50Foods.com, on popular online shopping sites like Amazon, iHerb and MyBrands and at local grocers across the U.S.

For more information about the Low Glycemic Diet

For more information about the Low Glycemic diet, you can download The Low Glycemic Guide for Blood Glucose Control or request to have a booklet mailed to you. This website and newsletter also provides good information on the Low Glycemic diet. Finally, a great book is "The New Glucose Revolution Low GI to Diabetes” by Dr. Jennie Brand-Miller who is a well-known authority on the Low Glycemic diet.

For more information on Julie Frost, view her LinkedIn profile.

Posted: 12/14/2017 11:15:07 AM by Kevin Oswald | with 567 comments