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Glycemic Index

Mar 8, 2012

What is the Glycemix Index?

Making informed decisions on what are Good Carbohydrates or Bad Carbohydrates can be a difficuly task. One can use the Glycemic Index as a great tool to help you lose weight. You might have heard all these statements associated with the glycemic index. The Glycemic Index can help you control your blood sugar levels.

The Glycemic Index: Food’s Impact on Blood Sugar in Diabetes

Food can have a high impact on peoples’ blood sugar levels. If levels are too high one can develop diabetes. Foods such as sugar, carbohydrates in general, simple carbs, starches, and more can greatly affect blood sugar levels. The glycemic index is a way to measure each food’s effect on blood sugar.

With Weight loss too many or even too little calories can hinder weight loss. Studies have shown that people who stick to not just a low, processed carbohydrate diet as well as a low-glycemic-index diet have more success with weight loss and management.

High Glycemic Index Foods can Promote Health Problems

High glycemic index foods generally increase blood sugar levels. People who eat a lot of high glycemic index foods tend to have greater levels of body fat, as measured by the body mass index (BMI). Higher BMIs are linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and diseases that put an immense strain on our circulatory system.

High glycemic index foods include many carbohydrates such as these:

  • White bread
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Low-fiber cereals
  • Baked goods

Low Glycemic Index Foods Are Healthier Choices

Low glycemic index foods generally have less of an impact on blood sugar levels. People who eat a lot of low glycemic index foods tend to have lower total body fat levels.

Low glycemic index foods include these:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Whole and minimally processed grains
  • Legumes

Additional Info On Glycemic Index


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