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Harvard's Holiday Gift

Slow-carb diet for less cravings and more energy

In the December issue of Harvard Health Review, researchers note it’s “not fat” that you should be worried about while you fill your party plate this holiday season — the real Grinch are the high-glycemic (high-GI), refined carbs.

The best news is that you don’t have to sacrifice tasty bites and scrumptious meals during the holidays. When faced with carb options, go for low-glycemic (low-GI) foods to slow down the rate that carbs are converted into blood sugar or glucose.

Dr. David Jenkins at the University of Toronto developed the Glycemic Index to differentiate high glycemic, fast-releasing carbs (“gushers”) from low glycemic, slow-releasing carbs (“tricklers”).