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SUGAR & GLYCEMIC INDEX of FOODS. Pancreas issues? this is the place for you
Why are Pasta and Beans and Veggies so good for you? {low glycemic: provides energy for many hours}. Why should you cut back on, or avoid, potatoes, gator aid, candy, alcohol, malt, figs, dates? {high glycemic: energy is gone in one hour, needing more sugar every hour, can make you a diabetic}. Advice, if you go out drinking, drink lots of water (ballance your pH, see pH article), eat Legumes (beans) and or Pasta before you go (to counter ballance the glycemic index), and continue drinking water before, during, and after you drink. {eat low glycemic foods like beans, soy, pasta, and maybe some medium glycemic Basamati Rice for extra fiber, Basamati is better for you}

America eats way too much sugar, processed sugar. And even Natural Sugars (Carbohydrates) with a High "Glycemic Index" can cause SLEEPYNESS (one hour or more after ingesting). It is better to eat foods with a lower "Glycemic Index" I was reading abou this in "Eating Well for Optimum Health" by Andrew Weil MD (great writer, one of the best). And he lists the Glycemic Index of many foods on pages 56 & 57; and I went to Borders Books and the Las Vegas West Chareston Library (Medical Section in this one library) to research towards a greater list (below). NEW: get Shari Libermans new book on Glycemic Index of foods (I will upate this page with info from her new book, when/if I have time), in the mean time, if your into it, get her book on GLYCEMIC INDEX of FOODS Less than ten bucks and can save your life

A WEB PAGE on GLYCEMIC INDEX: includes listings for many foods (I am leaving this link for now, but they might have some mis-informations (pasta is generally very low glycemic and some other possible discrepancies, by the way, it takes a while for your body to digest pasta and thats why its a better food, and if you cook it slightly under done, its healthier than over done, but you still want to cook it)

They gave test groups 50 grams of carbohyrates of various foods, then tested their Blood Sugar Level later. People who ate regular Baked Potatoes or Maltose or Dates had way too high of a blood sugar level, while those who ate Barely or Soy had a much better blood sugar level. High Glycemic Index foods give you a Boost for around 1 hour, then your dead on your feet; while Low G.I. foods keep you going, giving you energy, for a much longer time, without the initial over burst of wasted energy.

LOW G.I. FOODS (prefered) below 55
MEDIUM G.I. FOODS (ok) between 55 - 70
HIGH G.I. FOODS (avoid) more than 70

LOW G.I. FOODS (prefered) below 55
Barley 27 (better than brown rice, lots of fiber)
(Barley is good for all blood types except type B)
Most Fruits (but eat Fruits seperately from other foods, as per Suzzane Sommers (expert except she is not a vegetarian), and easy on the fruits, they cause an acidic reaction (not good)
Peanuts 14 (high protein, but watch the fat, and not for blood type O (inhibits thyroid function in type O))
Most Beans (except Broad Beans)
Soy Beans rank best at 18
Kidney Beans 27 (not for blood type O)
Butter beans 31
Chickpeas 33
Navy Beans 38
All Bran Cereal 42
Limas 32
Soy Milk 31 (non-sugar, unsweetened, is best)
Grapes 43
Pasta (non egg) 41 (excellent, but not as much fiber as rice or beans)
Snickers 41 (a non-vegan item, and contains peanuts)
Twixt 44 (a non-vegan item)
Orange Juice 49
Peas (green) 48
Chocolate 49 (Weil says "no palm oil", "avoid hydrogenated oils", and "no milk", get Unsweetened Dark Chocolate)
Yam 51
Sweet Potato 54
Potato Chips 54 (come on, you can eat healthier than that, but it is low GI)

MEDIUM G.I. FOODS (ok) between 55 - 70
Pop Corn 55
Brown Rice 55 (better than White Rice, but Barley is better, and just as much fiber)
Sweet Corn 55
Pita Bread 57
Carrots 72 (a bit high & acidic (not good), but carrots are an excellent sourcce of Potassium (very important), and Vit A and Beta Carotene). So save your sins for carrots.
Raisins 64 (Weils says only 6, typo?) do eat Raisins (handful/day), very high in Potassium
Mars Almond Bar 68
Life Savers 70
Skittles Fruit Chews 70

HIGH G.I. FOODS (avoid) more than 70
Maltose 105
Dates 103 (I was shocked, not more dates for me)
Parsnip 97
Potatoes (regular baked potato) 93
Rice Cakes
Red skinned potato 88
Pretzels 83 (again, I was shocked)
Jelly Beans 80
Broad Beans 79
Gator Aid 78
French Fries 77
Bagel 72
Corn Chips 72
White Bread (av) 70
Whole Wheat Bread 69 (marginal)

Avoid all breads, muffins, and cakes, they are high in Glycemic Index, the harbor bacteria and yeast creates acidic fermentation which attacks your glands (thus your body must store alkaline (to conter act the acidity) in fat, creating weight gain too.