What is Glycemic Index?
Glycemic index is a commonly used measure indicating how soon the carbohydrates in food are converted into glucose. Sugar, for example, has a highest possible Glycemic index of 100 indicating that it is instantly converted and absorbed into the blood stream as glucose. All other foods have Glycemic Index values ranging from 0-100. Refined and processed foods like white bread, white rice and sugary foods tend to have higher glycemic index while whole grain foods and foods with less processing like brown bread, unpolished rice etc. have a lower glycemic index and keep you fuller for longer.
What is soluble fiber?
Soluble fiber is a complex carbohydrate that is not digested or absorbed by the body. Instead, it acts as a prebiotic, the bacteria in the intestine feed off the soluble fiber. Soluble fiber undergoes fermentation in the intestine yielding end-products like short-chain fatty acids that are beneficial in preventing a number of diseases including diabetes and even cancer. It is also important in maintaining healthy levels of cholesterol in the body. Soluble fiber is present in various fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts. Sources with high content of soluble fiber include fenugreek, fruit pectin and oat bran. Soluble fiber plays a role in satiety and keeping you full after your meals
What's the difference between soluble and insoluble fiber?
Dietary fiber is the indigestible part of plant foods that helps in moving food through the digestive system along with absorbing water and easing defecation. Dietary fiber is of two types - soluble and insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber is insoluble in water and helps in adding bulk as well as promoting bowel movements. Soluble fiber is soluble in water and helps in slowing down the movement of food from the stomach to the intestines, thereby giving a feeling of fullness for longer. A combination of both types of fiber is essential in the diet. Sources of mixed fiber include unrefined cereals (oats, whole wheat, brown rice), peas and beans. It is recommended that adults should consume at least 25 g of fiber per day.
I am a diabetic - can I take Getrim?
Getrim is absolutely safe for diabetics to use. Firstly, Getrim has no added sugar. Also, the carbohydrates in Getrim are complex carbohydrates. These carbohydrates are digested slowly by the body, ensuring that there is no sudden increase in blood sugar levels after taking Getrim. Getrim contains no trans fats or any such substance that is harmful to them.
Is Getrim suitable for pregnant women and children?
Pregnant women and children should consult their physicians before considering weight-loss programs.
Is Getrim suitable for people with lactose-intolerance?
Getrim contains some added skimmed milk powder. People with mild lactose intolerance can take the product with soya-milk or yoghurt. People with severe lactose intolerance should not consume Getrim since the product contains some milk.
How can I determine which diet is right for me?
The right diet is one is that is healthy, calorie-adjusted to your specific needs and is easy to prepare and adhere to. It should fit into your lifestyle with ease. The major factors to take into account are your specific dietary needs and level of physical activity. In general, having 5 to 6 small meals per day is more beneficial than having 2 or 3 heavy meals a day. Be sure to take plenty of fruits, vegetables and water.