Obese Children Can Benefit From Having Desserts With Low Glycemic Index!
A team of researchers led by Dr. Antonia Dastamani at Athens University School of Medicine, Athens, have found through a recent study that girls who are overweight can lose weight if they consume low fat and sugar free desserts many times in a week and can still continue to stay healthy.
According to Dr. Dastamani, instead of splurging on a dessert once in a week, having desserts with low glycemic load (GL) and low glycemic index (GI) 3 or more times in a week has a positive effect on the bodies of people who are on diet.
The study involved 29 girls aged between 10 and 14 years and were divided into 2 groups. All of them had a BMI (body mass index) nearly or above 85th percentile making them overweight or obese.
15 of them were put on a diet that included 35% fats, 45% carbohydrates and 20% proteins and they were given desserts with low GL/GI 4 times in a week.
The remaining 14 girls were put on the same diet but were told to consume the dessert of their choice once in a week.
It was observed that after 3 months, both the groups’ BMI improved significantly. But the first group of girls who had lowGL/GI desserts lost more weight when compared to the other group of girls.