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Tracking Glycemic Index of Foods

Do You Pay Attention to Your Foods' Glycemic Index?

When it comes to losing weight a calorie is a calorie, but when it's time to just maintain, you might want to look at other numbers. A new study found that people who lost weight were less likely to gain it back over time if they followed a high-protein, low glycemic index diet.

As we all know by now, there are good carbs and bad carbs. The glycemic index looks at a food's ability to raise blood sugar: foods with low glycemic index levels are counted as 55 or less, and foods with a high glycemic index have levels of 70 or higher. High GI foods, like white bread, pasta and rice, boost your blood sugar and have been linked to a variety of problems (from acne to Alzheimer's as well as increasing your risk of type 2 diabetes), whereas low GI foods, like veggies, whole grains and legumes, prevent high blood sugar after meals and help you feel full longer.

Monitoring the glycemic load in food is critical for anyone on a diabetic diet. Do you pay attention to your foods' glycemic index?

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amber512 amber512 5 years
I just pay attention to whether or not I'm getting whole grains.
imLissy imLissy 5 years
I feel like I'm eating candy when I eat white rice now. It frustrates me though that I spent my week on vacation eating garbage, lots of pasta, lots of ice cream, no exercise, and my skin had never been clearer. I get home and eat healthy again for two weeks, now I'm breaking out.
ticamorena ticamorena 5 years
is glycemic index a euphemism for common sense? ofcourse processed, sweet/sweetened, refined etc foods are overall going to be not as good for you as fresh, raw, natural, wholegrain/complete etc foods. you don't need an index of any sorts to tell you that (although i do find it interesting to see how foods do on the GI, the result of which i will ignore all the same e.g. i will eat all the watermelon i want irrespective of it being high GI) moreover, there are people all over the world who have core diets that include high GI foods (e.g. rice and noodles in Asia; potatoes Latin America etc) without it necessarily being detrimental to their weight or overall health.
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