Published On: Sat, Feb 3rd, 2018

Health Benefits of a Low Glycemic Load Diet

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Because a low Glycemic Load (GL) diet consists of eating a variety of healthy, nutritious foods and avoiding foods that have no nutritional value, the body gets the essential vitamins and minerals it needs from food. In addition to weight loss, a low GL diet can boost overall health and prevent the risk of certain diseases.

Boost Mood, Energy, and Immunity

Following a low GL diet means choosing healthier carbohydrate options or slow-acting carbs, which includes whole grains instead of white bread, rice, and pasta. Whole grains are rich in B vitamins, which not only boost energy, but can also help decrease symptoms of depression. Whole grains are also rich in selenium, which helps boost immunity.

A low GL diet also includes a variety of fruits and vegetables. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables not only increases energy, but provides the body with antioxidants that protect the body from free radical damage, boost immunity, and reduce the risk of certain diseases.

Control Blood Sugar

Slow-acting carbs have been shown to have less of an impact on blood sugar levels than starchy or sugary foods, which causes blood sugar levels to rise quickly and then plummet. Controlling blood sugar is not only important in increasing energy, losing weight and body fat, but is also important in preventing or reversing insulin resistance and decreasing the risk of diabetes and colon cancer.

Lower Cholesterol Levels

A low GL diet consists of high-fiber foods, such as oats, fruits, and vegetables. Eating a high fiber diet has been shown to lower cholesterol levels, improve or prevent constipation, slow digestion, and aid weight loss. Eating fiber-rich foods has also been shown to reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome, heart disease, and diabetes.

Health Benefits of a Low Glycemic Load Diet

Easier Weight Maintenance

Since eating low GL foods is not just a diet, but a lifestyle change, making healthier food choices has been shown to help those who have lost weight maintain their weight loss. Research also suggests that following a diet low in GL foods can also help those who have hit a weight loss plateau get the scale moving again.

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- Paul Linus is an eminent online journalist who has been writing news, features and editorials on different websites from across the world for about a decade. He can be contacted at

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