Go Low Glycemic for Maintaining Energy
Find out how low GI foods can help your workout
Have you ever seen “low GI” or “low glycemic index” on a food label and wondered what it means? The glycemic index measures how much a food item increases blood sugar levels during digestion compared to a standard amount of glucose (a sugar that quickly and sharply increases blood sugar). Low GI foods are those that are digested slowly and produce a much smaller spike in blood sugar during digestion compared to high GI foods.
Choosing lower GI foods will give your body a sustained release of carbohydrates for a steady supply of energy, without the blood sugar spikes and plummets associated with higher GI foods. Though sugar spikes will initially give you energy, you’ll eventually crash, feeling tired and dazed.
Several factors affect the GI of a food, including the form of the food (solid or liquid), particle size (finely ground quick oats will increase blood sugar more than old-fashioned oats, which have a larger particle size), type of starch, food processing, and anti-nutrients (nutrients that interfere with the absorption of other nutrients). In addition, protein, fat, and fiber also work independently to delay digestion and reduce the glycemic response in the body. Several of our products including CLIF Builder’s, Builder’s MAX, LUNA Bar, LUNA Protein, Mojo, and Kit's Organic are low glycemic and contain sugar, protein, fat, and fiber in carefully crafted amounts to provide you with energy to get you through your day or your workout.
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