Low Glycemic Index Diet
What Is a Low Glycemic Index Diet?
A low glycemic diet measures a food item by how much it raises a child’s blood glucose level. That measurement is called its glycemic index. The GI diet favors foods that have only a small effect on blood glucose levels. Such low glycemic index foods include meats, cheeses and vegetables.
Children who follow a GI diet may safely eat certain carbohydrates that have a low glycemic index. However, they should pair the carbohydrates with fats and proteins. For example, eating a piece of whole-wheat toast (high in carbohydrates) along with peanut butter (high in fat and protein) can further lower the glycemic index of the snack.