Acne Diet
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    People living in the Kitavan Islands (off the coast of Papua New Guinea) and the Aché hunter-gathers of Paraguay do not suffer from acne and this is possibly associated with their low glycemic diet, consisting mainly of fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins. Recent small studies show that a low-glycemic-index diet is associated with reduced acne risk. Another small study linked acne to the consumption of milk.

    Foods with a high-glycemic index may contribute to acne by elevating serum insulin concentrations which may stimulate sebocyte proliferation and sebum production.

    Therefore consider eating a diet that includes a variety of fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats.  Reduce or eliminate milk. This diet can also protect against cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes and obesity.

    Glycemic Index Food Chart

    http://www.southbeach-diet-plan.com/glycemicfoodchart.htm

    Foods with GI index less than 55 are considered Low Glycemic Index food (GI < 55). Foods with GI index between 55 and 70 are considered intermediate (55< GI <70). High Glycemic Index foods are with GI index more than 70 (GI >70).

    Food List

    Rating

    Food Glycemic Index

    Bakery Products

    *Pound cake Low

    54

    Danish pastry Medium

    59

    Muffin (unsweetened) Medium

    62

    Cake , tart Medium

    65

    Cake, angel Medium

    67

    Croissant Medium

    67

    Waffles High

    76

    Doughnut High

    76

    Beverages

    Soya milk Low

    30

    Apple juice Low

    41

    Carrot juice Low

    45

    Pineapple juice Low

    46

    Grapefruit juice Low

    48

    Orange juice Low

    52

    Biscuits

    Digestives Medium

    58

    Shortbread Medium

    64

    Water biscuits Medium

    65

    Ryvita Medium

    67

    Wafer biscuits High

    77

    **Rice cakes High

    77

    Breads

    Multi grain bread Low

    48

    Whole grain Low

    50

    Pita bread, white Medium

    57

    Pizza, cheese Medium

    60

    Hamburger bun Medium

    61

    Rye-flour bread Medium

    64

    Whole meal bread Medium

    69

    White bread High

    71

    White rolls High

    73

    Baguette High

    95

    Breakfast Cereals

    All-Bran Low

    42

    Porridge, non instant Low

    49

    Oat bran Medium

    55

    Muesli Medium

    56

    Mini Wheats (wholemeal) Medium

    57

    Shredded  Wheat Medium

    69

    Golden Grahams High

    71

    Puffed wheat High

    74

    Weetabix High

    77

    Rice Krispies High

    82

    Cornflakes High

    83

    Cereal Grains

    Pearl barley Low

    25

    Rye Low

    34

    Wheat kernels Low

    41

    Rice, instant Low

    46

    Rice, parboiled Low

    48

    Barley, cracked Low

    50

    Rice, brown Medium

    55

    Rice, wild Medium

    57

    Rice, white Medium

    58

    Barley, flakes Medium

    66

    Taco Shell Medium

    68

    Millet High

    71

    Dairy Foods

    Yogurt low- fat (sweetened) Low

    14

    Milk, chocolate Low

    24

    Milk, whole Low

    27

    Milk, Fat-free Low

    32

    Milk ,skimmed Low

    32

    Milk, semi-skimmed Low

    34

    *Ice-cream (low- fat) Low

    50

    *Ice-cream Medium

    61

    Fruits

    Cherries Low

    22

    Grapefruit Low

    25

    Apricots  (dried) Low

    31

    Apples Low

    38

    Pears Low

    38

    Plums Low

    39

    Peaches Low

    42

    Oranges Low

    44

    Grapes Low

    46

    Kiwi fruit Low

    53

    Bananas Low

    54

    Fruit cocktail Medium

    55

    Mangoes Medium

    56

    Apricots Medium

    57

    Apricots  (tinned in syrup) Medium

    64

    Raisins Medium

    64

    Pineapple Medium

    66

    **Watermelon High

    72

    Pasta

    Spaghetti, protein enriched Low

    27

    Fettuccine Low

    32

    Vermicelli Low

    35

    Spaghetti, whole wheat Low

    37

    Ravioli, meat filled Low

    39

    Spaghetti, white Low

    41

    Macaroni Low

    45

    Spaghetti, durum wheat Medium

    55

    Macaroni cheese Medium

    64

    Rice pasta, brown High

    92

    Root Crop

    Carrots, cooked Low

    39

    Yam Low

    51

    Sweet potato Low

    54

    Potato, boiled Medium

    56

    Potato, new Medium

    57

    Potato, tinned Medium

    61

    Beetroot Medium

    64

    Potato, steamed Medium

    65

    Potato, mashed Medium

    70

    Chips High

    75

    Potato, micro waved High

    82

    Potato, instant High

    83

    **Potato, baked High

    85

    Parsnips High

    97

    Snack Food and Sweets

    Peanuts Low

    15

    *M&Ms (peanut) Low

    32

    *Snickers bar Low

    40

    *Chocolate bar; 30g Low

    49

    Jams and marmalades Low

    49

    *Crisps Low

    54

    Popcorn Medium

    55

    Mars bar Medium

    64

    *Table sugar (sucrose) Medium

    65

    Corn chips High

    74

    Jelly beans High

    80

    Pretzels High

    81

    Dates High

    103

    Soups

    Tomato soup, tinned Low

    38

    Lentil soup, tinned Low

    44

    Black bean soup, tinned Medium

    64

    Green pea soup, tinned Medium

    66

    Vegetables and Beans

    Artichoke Low

    15

    Asparagus Low

    15

    Broccoli Low

    15

    Cauliflower Low

    15

    Celery Low

    15

    Cucumber Low

    15

    Eggplant Low

    15

    Green beans Low

    15

    Lettuce, all varieties Low

    15

    Low-fat yogurt, artificially sweetened Low

    15

    Peppers, all varieties Low

    15

    Snow peas Low

    15

    Spinach Low

    15

    Young summer squash Low

    15

    Tomatoes Low

    15

    Zucchini Low

    15

    Soya beans, boiled Low

    16

    Peas, dried Low

    22

    Kidney beans, boiled Low

    29

    Lentils green, boiled Low

    29

    Chickpeas Low

    33

    Haricot beans, boiled Low

    38

    Black-eyed beans Low

    41

    Chickpeas, tinned Low

    42

    Baked beans, tinned Low

    48

    Kidney beans, tinned Low

    52

    Lentils green, tinned Low

    52

    Broad beans High

    79