All About the Glycemic Index

All About the Glycemic Index

The glycemic index started as a way for diabetics to help manage their blood sugar level, but now, dieters are turning to the index to loose weight and improve their overall health.


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What is the glycemic index you may be asking? Well, all carbohydrates increase your blood sugar levels in different ways. So, the glycemic index measures carbohydrates and categorizes foods by how long it takes them to raise your blood sugar. The time is also determined by how long it takes your body to digest the sugars. If a food has a quick blood sugar response, then it is a high glycemic food (<70 on the scale). If a food has a slow blood sugar response, then it's a low glycemic food (>55 on the scale). All the other foods are placed in the middle under moderate (56-69 on the scale). 

Here are some examples of foods divided into the three glycemic categories:

High (<70)

- Jasmine rice

- White bread

- Potatoes

- Pretzels

- Corn Flakes

- Watermelon

- Popcorn 

- Glucose


Moderate (56-69)

- Grape juice

- Raisins

- Ice Cream

- Bananas

- Pita bread

- Plain bagel

- Spaghetti

- Honey

- Brown rice

- Snicker's Bar

- White rice

- Oatmeal

- Macaroni and cheese


Low (>55)

- Beans

- Seeds

- Grains

- Carrots

- Oranges

- Apples

- Grapefruit

- Brown Rice

- Whole-wheat bread

- Peanuts

- Sprouts

- Pizza

- Low-fat yogurt




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