In yesterday’s USA Weekend magazine section, one of my favorite columnists (Jean Carper) ended her 14+ year weekly column. The column was EatSmart and was always one of the first things I read (and cut out) in the entire paper. So, yesterday, I couldn’t wait to read what her final thoughts and advice would be. She, of course, reiterated how important fish oil was. Fish oil not only can save us from heart problems, it may cut the risk of Alzheimer’s, asthma, inflammation, cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, lung problems, skin problems, and serves as an aid in weight loss.
She pointed out the importance of counting calories. We all have to watch what we eat and exercise – being overweight is horribly unhealthy. If we want to live longer, it’s something that we have to pay a lot more attention to. Period.
Naturally, she included a paragraph on antioxidants: “Piles of evidence shows that antioxidant-packed spinach, broccoli, pomegranate juice, dark chocolate, garlic, onions, tea, coffee, purple grapes, red wine, and the spice turmeric cut disease risk. Eat at least five, but preferably nine, servings of fruits and vegetables every day.”
The final sermon she preached was on a subject that’s fairly new to most of us: Low Glycemic foods. These foods are great for avoiding diabetes, heart disease, obesity, Alzheimer’s, and cancer. Their polar opposite, High Glycemic foods, include foods such as sugary cereal, processed white flour products, and potatoes. Low glycemic foods include legumes, peanuts, oats (not instant), lemon juice, vinegar, and cinnamon.
Another benefit of low glycemic foods is that they keep your energy levels balanced and they allow you to feel full between meals. Cutting back on snacks is always a good idea when you’re counting calories. I have to admit, I’m fairly new to the entire Glycemic Foods thing. My husband has been a fan from the start, but other than listening to him smart off to baked potatoes or sing the praises of oatmeal – I haven’t read up on the subject. Bad me, I know. However, I’m making up for lost time!
Low Glycemic Foods:
- green beans
- whole wheat spaghetti
- all bran
- soy milk
- apple juice
- low fat ice cream
- cheese tortellini
Click HERE for a great chart that’ll let you know which foods are low glycemic foods and which foods have high glycemic numbers.