I'm looking at glycemic load and came across a target recommendation of 100 per day. However, this was on a standard website rather than a paleo one...so I'm guessing that's based on the usual government/health agency recs of too much carb. Are there any daily limits that apply to Paleo, or is it just a case of keeping it as low as possible?
asked byGary_1 (2171)
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on January 04, 2012
at 04:47 PM
It all depends on what you're trying to do. Some of us go VLC/ZC because of specific needs (diabetes, avoidance of AGEs, insulin sensitivity, trying to lose fat, etc.) Others embrace carbs because they do tons of endurance exercise, or CrossFit 3x a week, or are too skinny and want to put on some weight.
So ask yourself what your situation is and how many carbs you're willing to eat.
As for GI or GL, IMHO, the lower, the better. Insulin isn't evil, it's trying to fix a dangerous situation by removing high blood sugar which can cause damage. Insulin Resistance is the problem. So of course, anything with a lower glycemic index is a better carb to eat. Anything you can do to slow how much sugar gets to your blood stream is a good thing.
on December 07, 2011
at 02:59 PM
None of the standard paleo authors/bloggers talk much about glycemic load, unless it is to dismiss the idea. If you avoid refined sugar and flour, cereal grains and legumes, there isn't much left to cause a lot of blood sugar spiking. Even if you go the safe starch route (or primal for atheletes), I haven't seen recommendations over about 150g of carbohydrate. And the sources would be primarily starchy tubers or white rice. Even then, its usually recommended that they are eaten in the context of a meal with fat and protein, which totally changes the glycemic index. I suppose that a lone sweet potato is often recommended post work out (PWO), but that should be a vigorous, glycogen depleting workout.
It just seems that glycemic load, in the context of a paleo lifestyle, is a rather pointless idea. If what you really mean is amount or percentage of carbohydrate, that would make more sense (and is discussed endlessly on PaleoHacks).