How high GI can contribute to acne

Although chocolate and greasy fries have always had a bad rap when it comes to acne, it’s now widely touted that food with a high glycaemic index (the rate at which your body breaks down a carbohydrate for energy use) spike blood sugar levels and lead to inflammation in the body, which can cause acne breakouts amongst other things.


In a controlled study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a low GI diet demonstrated great promise in reducing acne.

The participants were separated into two groups and given different meal plans for 12 weeks. One group ate a diet comprising of 25% protein and 45% low GI carbohydrates, while the second ate a diet without any strict control of their glycaemic index. Amongst the group who consumed a meticulously controlled low GI diet, their acne had impressively decreased by almost twice the rate of the high GI group.

With this in mind, try to pack your diet with low GI options, like quinoa, chickpeas, lentils, brown rice, rolled oats and sprouted grain bread. Beyond this, limit your consumption of high GI culprits, such as highly-refined, processed foods: white bread, white rice, pastries, and biscuits.

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