Our expert says:
According to the SA Glycemic Index & Load Guide, cooked Durum pasta has a low GI of 40. No value is listed for wholewheat pasta, but cooked, homemade pasta made with wheat/cake flour has a high GI of 70. Two Minute Noodles are listed with a high GI of 70.
It is important not to confuse wholewheat products with low-GI products. Wholewheat bread for example, has the same high GI as white bread, namely approx. 70. On the other hand, most of the low-GI breads with added soy protein and seeds, have a low GI of about 55. We eat wholewheat products for their high dietary fibre and their vitamin B contents, to ensure regularity and a healthy nervous system and efficient metabolism. And we eat low-GI foods to ensure that our blood glucose and insulin levels remain steady and as low as possible.
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