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How Biltong Contributes to Healthier Blood Sugar Levels

We like to say that Stript Snacks Biltong is 'low Gi', but what does that actually mean, and how do you maintain a healthy, balanced diet?

 

Your blood sugar and insulin levels play a huge role in how energised you feel, how hungry you are throughout the day, and can have a direct impact on your fitness performance. There are two main parts to the glycemic equation; there's the glycemic index (GI), and the glycemic load (GL), but before we get in to the important difference between the two, we should understand how important healthy blood sugar levels are to our health.

 

Carbohydrates are turned into glucose to be used as energy by insulin, which is released by the pancreas when you eat. This conversion of carbohydrates into glucose determines your blood sugar (or blood glucose) levels, and your resulting energy levels. What kind of carbohydrates you eat correlates with how you feel throughout the day. This is why you might feel great straight after lunch, but be lagging by mid-afternoon. Maintaining healthy blood glucose levels helps to avoid those crashes and, longer-term, protect against diseases such as type 2 diabetes.

 

Stript Snacks have great GI and Gl scores.

 

If you're new to the glycemic index, you can think of it like this: processed white sugar has a GI score of 100, that's the highest, or 'worst' score to have. This is because it causes a high, short-term blood glucose spike, which is fine for the occasional energy rush, but terrible for longer-term health. All other foods are assigned a GI score of between 1 and 99, based on their own impact on blood glucose levels.

 

Foods which are highly processed, or contain a lot of simple carbohydrates, usually have a high GI. Stript's beef biltong snacks are high in protein and low in carbohydrates, so they have a low GI. Low GI foods are better for achieving and maintaining healthy, steadier blood glucose levels.

 

This is why Stript snacks are perfect for feeling full for longer, powering you through touch workouts, and helping to support healthy weight loss.

 

The Glycemic Load

While the glycemic index is more of a general scale, the glycemic load takes into account serving sizes, relative to other foods in your meal. The most common example used to explain glycemic load is watermelon. Watermelon has a GI of around 72 – fairly high – but because it's made up of mostly water, there aren't that many carbohydrates in say, 50g serving, giving it a low glycemic load of around 3-4.

 

The point of glycemic load is to illustrate that some foods with a high GI may have a different GL, relative to their composition, weight and how you use them with other foods.

 

Carrots have a GI of around 71, which might put some people off eating them, but unless you're eating a whole bunch of them, you should be fine, since their GL is only around 7. To figure out the glycemic load of a food, you can use this equation:

 

Amount of carbohydrates (grams) x glycemic index (GI) number / 100

e.g 45g carbs x 60 (GI) / 100 = GL score of 27

 

We're very fortunate that Stript Snacks have both a low GI and a low GL. They're also full of other nutrients like zinc, iron and B vitamins. The perfect snack!

 

All foods have their uses, and everything should be considered in moderation, it really depends on your goals. To buy Stript snacks, visit our shop.

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