April 15, 2005

A Few Good Carbs: Watching The Glycemic Index

Sick of counting carbs? A steamy, hot bowl of pasta or just a piece of fruit starts to look pretty good after another bun-less burger. If you have these cravings, another trend in dieting may be for you—the low glycemic index (GI) diet.

Not all carbs are evil is the motto of the low GI diet. As a measurement of how quickly a particular carbohydrate is used by the body, the glycemic index is already found on nutritional labels in Europe and Australia, but has yet to be endorsed any American organization. The GI classifies carbohydrates on a scale to indicate which ones are better to consume if you are trying to lose weight.

"That's what's so different about glycemic index," says David Grotto, RD, LD, spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. "It's not low carbohydrate, it's more selective carbohydrate, if you will.

Keeping You Full
Begun as a diet to help people control their diabetes, the general rule of the GI diet is: the higher the glycemic index, the faster a food is metabolized by the body. If a food is digested and broken down by the body quickly, your blood glucose (commonly referred to as blood sugar) levels rise rapidly, leading to a quick insulin response, making you feel tired and hungry sooner. Foods with low GI are metabolized slower, meaning they sit in your digestive track longer and are gradually absorbed by the body. This leads to a more gradual blood glucose increase, keeping your hunger satiated longer.

GI assigns a value to a food based on the average body's metabolism of a simple carbohydrate: usually table sugar or white bread, assigned a value of 100. All other foods are then ranked according to how 50 grams of it, as compared to how 50 grams of sugar or white bread, affects one's blood glucose levels after a period of time. A value below 55 would be considered a low GI; a value from 56 to 69 would be a moderate range; anything above 70 is considered to have a high glycemic index. While such values provide a handy guide, they have not been standardized, so two different charts may show a different GI value for the same food. Check Here to check out the Steviva Brands Glycemic Index.

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Awesome Sugar Free Low Carb Angel Food Cake
Serves: 15
Carbs Per Serving: 3g
Prep Time:<5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy


1 Cup Protein Powder -- Vanilla, Sifted
2 Tsp. Baking Powder -- Sifted
1/8 Tsp. Salt -- Sifted
½ Tsp. Cream Of Tartar
5 Large Eggs -- Separated
2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 Tbs. Lemon Peel -- Finely Grated
1 Tsp. Lemon Extract
½ Cup Heavy Cream
¼ Cup Water
¼ Cup Steviva Brand Stevia Blend

2 Ounces Heavy Cream
2 Tbs. Butter
1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract -- Or Lemon Extract
3 Ounces Cream Cheese
4 Tbsp. Steviva Brand Stevia Blend

Preheat oven to 300f. Spray a bunt pan with cooking spray very well.

Sift protein powder, baking powder and salt and set aside.
In a large bowl, beat egg whites with cream of tartar until stiff. In another bowl, beat egg yolks, Steviva Brand Stevia Blend , extracts and lemon peel. Beat in water and cream, then beat in dry ingredients. Fold into whites very carefully, then spoon into prepared bunt pan.

Bake for 45 minutes, then let cool 10 minutes before inverting and removing (This is the tricky part -just do your best)

Frosting: Beat the cream, butter, cream cheese, Steviva Brand Stevia Blend and extracts well. If this is too thick, add more cream, 1 Tbs at a time. Drizzle over cooled cake.

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