Did you know that your blood glucose levels play an important role in how energized you feel? Low GI foods are broken down slowly into your system, providing a stable energy level over time. While the high GI foods cause a sudden spike in your blood glucose, leading to peaks in energy. Uncontrolled blood glucose levels disrupt your natural blood glucose balance leading to trouble responding to the blood glucose levels over time(causing insulin resistance). Insulin resistance is associated with many health problems including type 2 diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease². Numerous studies have documented that low GI diets improve the prevention of coronary heart disease in healthy and diabetic individuals and increases satiety and food control in obese or overweight individuals¹.
MANAGEMENT OF DIABETES & GESTATIONAL DIABETES MELLITUS
Studies have proven that the low GI diet helps diabetes patients (both type 1 and type 2) manage their blood glucose levels, cholesterol levels, reduce insulin resistance and reduce their HbA1c by 0.5%². This will help decrease the risk of common diabetic complications by 20%. It is therefore advised by major diabetes organizations around the world that people living with diabetes use low GI foods as part of their daily nutritional management².
The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics have recently recommended lower GI foods in their guidelines stating that “Low GI diets are associated with less frequent insulin use and lower birth weight than in control diets”, suggesting that it is the most appropriate dietary intervention to be prescribed to patients with gestational diabetes”²
A low GI diet can improve heart health by improving blood cholesterol levels. An analysis of 28 randomized controlled trials provided high-level evidence that high-fibre, low GI diets can significantly reduce total and LDL cholesterol levels, independent of weight loss. It also aids in abdominal fat reduction²
ACHIEVE & MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT
The Diogenes study from Europe found that a moderately high protein, low GI diet is the best diet for longer-term weight management. A low GI diet assists you to reach and maintain your goal weight by helping you manage hunger, burn body fat and maintain your metabolic rate²
INCREASE MENTAL PERFORMANCE
Low GI foods provide a steady supply of fuel (in the form of glucose) to the brain and improves cognitive performance. The brains cells use the glucose and have essentially no reserves, so it is important that a constant supply of glucose is provided throughout the day. Eating a low GI breakfast has been associated with better learning and school performance by improving concentration in children and teens².
MAXIMIZE SPORTS PERFORMANCE
The body’s main source of fuel is carbohydrates, which in the simplest form is glucose. The excess carbohydrate that is not used immediately for energy is stored in the muscles and liver as glycogen. When the body needs fuel, it quickly breaks down the glycogen into glucose for energy. For decades athletes have been using GI science for their sports preparation and recovery. Low GI foods have proven to extend endurance when eaten 1-2 hours before prolonged strenuous exercise.
MANAGING POLYCYSTIC OVARIAN SYNDROME (PCOS)
Women who have PCOS often develop a resistance to the insulin hormone, which is needed to keep blood glucose levels stable. Following a low GI diet improves insulin sensitivity and is one of the best and proven ways to help manage PCOS symptoms, such as unwanted weight gain³.
High insulin levels that result from eating high GI foods are associated with acne and a low GI diet can help improve acne by regulating insulin imbalance. Research shows that a low GI diet can reduce acne by more than 50% in only 12 weeks⁴.
WHERE DOES THE FUTURELIFE® FIT IN
FUTURELIFE® Smart Food™ is a complete and balanced low GI food that is high in energy, protein and fibre (with prebiotic Inulin). It contains MODUCARE® which is an immune supplement made from a patented blend of plant sterols and sterolins.
FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart food™ is a scientifically formulated, Low GI food to combine 23 Vitamins and Minerals, 19 Amino Acids, SmartProtein3D, Omega-3, Inulin (prebiotic), Selenium and SUPRO® Soy Protein Isolate. SmartProtein3D is a scientific blend of 3 protein sources (whey, caseinate and soy) providing a balanced amino acid profile, for different digestion rates and optimisation of muscles repair process. The product is suitable for athletes, individuals living with diabetes & those looking at achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.
FUTURELIFE® ZERO Smart food™ is a Low GI food that contains no added cane sugar, only 1.5g of fat per serving, 19 Vitamins and Minerals, 19 Amino Acids, Inulin (prebiotic), Selenium and MODUCARE®. It is suitable for those on a calorie restricted diet and individuals living with diabetes.