Carbohydrates are an essential part of your diet and fitness. It is important to choose carbohydrates that have a low glycemic index. The glycemic index reveals how much a food may raise your blood sugar level. While both high and low glycemic foods can be part of a healthy diet or weight loss program, know that high glycemic foods come with certain health risks. High glycemic foods have been linked to a higher BMI, diabetes, obesity and heart disease.
Examples of high glycemic foods include: pasta, white bread, baked goods, chips and cookies, rice and low-fiber cereals. Examples of low glycemic foods include: many fruits and vegetables, legumes and whole grains. Choose the right kind of carbs to help you achieve your fitness goals quicker.
Luke Geer, PT, DPT
The Memorial Hospital Physical Therapy Department