Atkins Nutritionals is attempting to revive the low-carb phenomenon with new labelling, focusing on the diet's promotion of low glycemic index foods. Atkins products will begin to refer to their patent-pending methodology, the Equivalent Glycemic Load (EGL), with the "Net Atkins Count".
The Net Atkins Count is reported to be derived from clinical testing, rather than the traditional method of subtracting dietary fibre, glycerine and sugar alcohols to determine the number of carbohydrates that will affect blood sugar.
The glycemic index (GI) is a ranking given to carbohydrate foods based on how quickly the food is digested and converted to blood sugar; it is a measure of how quickly a food increases blood sugar levels. Foods are ranked on a scale of 0-100, with low glycemic foods having a GI value of less than 70. Low GI foods tend to have higher amounts of soluble fibre, which keeps you feeling full longer and causes a slow, gradual rise in blood sugar. The faster your blood sugar rises, the more insulin your pancreas secretes, and the faster your blood sugar falls. That can translate into increased hunger and carbohydrate cravings.
In theory, choosing low GI foods at meals may help you lose weight. Studies have also shown that eating low glycemic index foods at two meals each day can help lower blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides.
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