What is the difference between the insulin scale and the GI?
I know that the glycemic index measures how much a particlar protein or carb raises your blood sugar, which in turn, would mean that your insulin levels raise as well... I dont understand why there would need to be two scales?
The glycemic index is a good base. However there are some foods that have low glycemic value but a high insulin index value. This is where the insulin index comes in.
Edit: Just saw Lam's post.
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So wouldn't there be times when eating high I.I. foods would be ok(like milk, perhaps even low carb milk)---provided that you don't consume fat or sugar? (obviously you would want sugar if your glycogen stores were depleted)
After all insulin is a transportation device, so in my thinking, it would seem that as long as you dont ingest any "bad" foods, there will be no problem.--Also, insulin is supposed to be very anabolic.
Or would high insulin always be a bad idea unless it's right around w/o?
true insulin is the most anabolic hormone in the human body. but controlling insulin is the key to increasing anabolic activity and also the key to controlling body fat.
if you are bulking you would want to keep insulin levels moderate and stable which is why low GI carbs with each meal is a great way to keep the body in an anabolic state. conversely, having elevated insulin levels will also inhibit lipolysis so when losing body fat keeping insulin levels low is optimum.
there is also a direct correlation with elevated serum insulin levels and elevated blood lipids. having constantly elevated serum insulin levels puts a a person in a greater risk of CVD than does having elevated cholesterol levels...
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