The Glycemic Index

The Why

Up until a year ago I was a bit dopey when it came to the term “The Glycemic Index”. This all changed as my significant other has type 2 diabetes. So I set about being less dopey on the subject. Basically type 2’s can’t regulate glucose in the blood properly. The less dopey me now knows where the GI fits in to all this. Go me!!!

What It Is

While scrounging around the great interweb I came across a great article written by dietitian Salomé Scholtz on the Transform Your Health Network. So in her words:

The glycemic index, simply put, is a measure of how quickly a food causes our blood sugar levels to rise.

She goes on to say:

Foods with a low GI are digested and absorbed at a slower rate, and, subsequently, cause a slower rise in blood sugar levels

Technical? Yup. Or maybe not so much. For us dopes high GI = 🙁 and low GI = 🙂 . Right sorted on that score.

What Can We Do

Well my friends, food is the key. As they say, “We are what we eat”. So basically a high GI diet will not only turn us into blobbo’s, it could possibly lead to worse. There are factors to consider with GI. The GI can change with foods depending on several things. I refer back to Salomé on this…


Fat, fiber, and acid (such as lemon juice or vinegar) can lower the glycemic index. The longer you cook starches like pasta, the higher their glycemic index will be.

Also consider changing what form of a food you eat. For example we all like convenience, so we’ll go for the quick cook oats option. Instead of this, rather go for original slow cook oats like original Jungle Oats. It worked for the Egyptians and Sumerians and they were pretty smart buggers. Quick tip, cook up a batch of oats for a few days while you watch TV dreaming of chocolate. You don’t have to go to health shops anymore and spend a fortune on this stuff. Any good supermarket will have the options.

Fetch the City

So where do we come in? Well we know you all love convenience so we can fetch your oats and yummy veggies for you…

While we do that you can hop on the old treadmill and run like the wind. We offer unlimited vendor personal shopping in Pretoria and will fetch your healthy foods for you. Simply register with us at In the meantime, here’s the full Glycemic Index article by Salomé Scholtz RD(SA), it even has some tables and graphs, much fancier than me. You’ll also find Salomé on twitter.

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