Shakeology® Is Low-Glycemic: What That Means and Why It Matters to You!
What’s the Glycemic Index?
Simply put, the glycemic index is a way to measure how carbohydrates react in your blood. When you eat carbs, your blood sugar level rises anywhere from a little to a lot. The GI (Glycemic Index) uses a scale of 0 to 100, with higher numbers given to foods that cause the most rapid rise in blood sugar.
What do high-GI foods do to my body? They cause the body to produce higher levels of insulin, but sometimes too much. This gives you an energy burst known as a “sugar rush.” It feels good at first, but then your blood sugar drops rapidly and you “crash.” Eating low-GI foods is a smart way to avoid this, because they stabilize your blood sugar levels instead of spiking them.
What kind of high-GI foods to steer away from and why:
Foods with a high GI (above 70) include white bread, pretzels, potatoes, and most processed foods. Eating these foods triggers a rapid rise in blood sugar and insulin levels, which:
Encourages the body to store fat
Creates a cycle of hunger pangs and feeling unsatisfied
Causes an energy crash that leaves you irritated or tired
Can lead to high blood pressure, fluid retention and diabetes
In contrast, foods with a low GI (under 55)—like broccoli, oatmeal, peanuts, and Shakeology—help stabilize blood sugar and insulin levels, which:
Increases levels of glycogen, a hormone that causes body fat to be burned
Helps satisfy feelings of hunger
Helps balance moods
Reduces the risk of heart disease, helps control diabetes, and positively affects the aging process
So you see, eating low-GI foods like Shakeology is good for you! Shakeology’s GI rating of 24 is much lower than most fruits and some vegetables. Low-GI foods keep your sugar levels in check while supplying nutrition that satisfies, energizes, and helps promote good health!