You can’t turn around without reading another headline about Low-Carb-This or Carb-Free-That. Are carbohydrates really the enemy? Not at all. Remember, not all carbs are created equal. Refined carbs such as white flour and table sugar are digested quickly and cause an immediate spike in blood sugar. These highly processed carbs have a high glycemic index. Alternatively, carbs such as soluble fiber are absorbed slowly and allow for a more gradual release of sugar into the blood stream. These better-for-you carbs have a low glycemic index. The glycemic index is simply a ranking of how much and how fast certain foods cause blood sugar to rise, the lower and slower, the better.
Popular low-carb diets revolve around something called “net carbs”, but what exactly are they? Net carbs are based on a mathematical equation. To calculate net carbs, dieters subtract the grams of fiber and the grams of sugar alcohols from the total carb count, as they are intended to be eliminated and not absorbed during the digestive process. While everyone can agree that a diet high in fiber is healthy, sugar alcohols do not enjoy the same reputation and can be unfriendly to the digestive system. Further, many products that boast low net carbs are also higher in fat and calories and may contain artificial ingredients and unhealthy additives. How can a long-term diet like this be good for weight loss or for general health?
Net carbs will be eclipsed by low glycemic, better-for-you carbs as Low Carbers and carb conscious consumers strive to manage their health and their weight for life. The glycemic index is a scientific ranking which helps to differentiate carbohydrates based on their impact on blood sugar, the lower the better. Low glycemic nutrition represents the evolution of the low-carb lifestyle, offering a healthy alternative to the current net carb approach.
Solo GI Nutrition is at the forefront of the low glycemic revolution, taking a leadership position in brining low glycemic benefits to the public. Solo GI™ low glycemic carb bars represent the next generation and natural evolution of the low-carb lifestyle; they are all natural, provide 10-12 grams of protein, a good source of fiber, are fortified with 24 vitamins and minerals, have no hydrogenated oils, no trans fats, no sugar alcohols and best of all, they taste great!
If you are one of the millions of carb-conscious Americans who has adopted a low-carb lifestyle or is thinking about it, Solo GI™ low glycemic carb bars can play an important and tasty role in your daily eating plan. Move from net carbs to low glycemic better-for-you carbs, the natural and healthy evolution of the low-carb lifestyle. To learn more about the low glycemic revolution or to order your Solo GI™ low carb bars, please visit the Solo GI Nutrition booth #2556 at Natural Product Expo East or go to www.solo-gi.com.
Branka Barl, PhD, is chief scientist for New Era Nutrition, leading R&D in low glycemic nutrition and health. Barl has over 20 years of experience in research and analysis of natural health compounds. She can be reached at 780-423-4551 and via e-mail at [email protected]; webiste: www.nutritech.com.