glycemic index

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glycemic index

[glī¦sēm·ik ′in‚deks]
(medicine)
A ranking of foods based on how they affect blood glucose (sugar) levels in the 2-3 hours after eating, foods with carbohydrates that break down quickly during digestion have the highest glycemic indexes.
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A dense by-product of the sugar cane refining process, molasses contains quite a few vitamins and minerals - iron, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin B6 - and with a GI of about 55, it's lower on the GI index than honey and granulated sugar.
D'Lites are made from cassava, a sweet potato-type vegetable, and have a low GI index.
The GI index measures how quickly certain foods release carbohydrates into the body, which then raise blood glucose levels.
The GI Index was created by diabetics so they could rate foods according to how quickly they released energy," she tells Family Life.
Our market research has found huge interest among parents looking for a natural wholegrain product, such as oats, with a low GI index.
During a detox I find the soya milk, with its low GI index, gives me extra energy," she says.
Diets based on GI index encourage people to eat plenty of foods with a low GI value and avoid those with a high GI value, which helps to prevent swings in blood sugar, helping people feel fuller for longer.
Secondly, these diets are based on a highly quantitative and calculating approach to food and diets--in this case measuring the GI index of all foods.
4 They have a low GI index, so release energy steadily over a longer period and help to keep your hunger at bay.