You lose weight by eating moderate portions from the green, low glycemic list and avoiding the high glycemic, red list, right? The high glycemic foods make a load of sugar hit your bloodstream in a rush. Then your pancreas pumps out the insulin to take care of it. Insulin is the hormone that tells your body to “store the fat.” So — don’t eat stuff on the red list.
Well, there are a few exceptions. Our nutritious food of the week is one of them. Pumpkin — that veggie that makes its appearance around halloween and makes our homes look fall-ish and decorative — has a high glycemic number. The good news is that the number is somewhat deceptive in this case. Though they rank a high 75 on the index, their glycemic load is a low 3.
I usually refer to the index, because that makes it simple — and I like simple. In a few cases, as with pumpkin, the glycemic load (gl) number corrects a misleading picture. The gl takes into consideration the amount of carbs in a food as well as its gi number. Pumpkin has a high number, but only 4g of carbohydrates. That sounds confusing, but the bottom line is that, yes, pumpkin can have a place in your low glycemic meal plan.
And it should. We talked in our last blog about the importance of leutin and zea-xanthin for eye health. Pumpkin is rich in both of these, so that makes it a healthy eye-food. It is also a good source of B-complex vitamins, such as folate. You’ll remember that folate is a good for preventing age-related hearing loss. And pumpkins are stuffed with numerous other vitamins, anti-oxidants, and minerals, too.
Good for keeping your eyes working, your ears functioning, and pleasing to the tastebuds. Sounds like a winner to me! I’ll be trying out pumpkin recipes and will post one tomorrow.
Eating to live and living for Christ,
Susan Jordan Brown