What is the Acne Diet?
Question:
Foods with a high-glycemic index may contribute to acne by elevating serum insulin concentrations which may stimulate sebocyte proliferation ... Read more
Answer:


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