Monday, December 04, 2006

You Ask, I Answer!

Q: What is the Glycemic Index?

A: This is a great question! The glycemic index is a measure of the ability of a food to raise blood sugar levels after it is eaten. The index compares the blood sugar response to a particular food with the body’s reaction to pure glucose (sugar), which is given the value of 100.

Low GI = 55 or less
Medium GI
= 56 – 69
High GI = 70 or more

Q: I exercise regularly and try to eat right, do I really need to take a multivitamin?

A: What a great question! People are taking supplements more than ever including 100 million Americans and over the half the Canadian population. Although it is recommended, it is often difficult to get all the nutrients we need from food alone. Here are a few things to consider to see if you are a candidate for a daily multivitamin:

Poor Dietary Habits - Despite our effort to eat a healthy balanced diet, many people are not eating a wide enough variety of foods to get all the vitamins they need

Are you over 65? - This populations is greatly at risk for nutritional deficiencies. Many older adults so not get enough nutrients from food or are unable to utilize them due to disease or sickness

Are you taking Medications? - many prescription and over the counter medications increase our need for certain vitamins and minerals. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist.

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