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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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So contrary to concerns, perhaps pasta can be part of a healthy diet such as a low GI diet.'
Studies suggest that following the GI diet may help diabetics better manage their blood sugar, and there also is evidence the diet may help people maintain a healthy weight.
"There is increasing evidence that low GI diets aid weight control," adds Brand-Miller, who reports that a landmark study will soon be published in the New England Journal of Medicine to support this hypothesis.
The positively significant association between GI, not GL, and subsequent gain in waist circumference may imply a beneficial role of lower GI diets in the prevention of abdominal obesity, but, the researchers conclude, "[F]urther studies are needed to confirm this finding given the small effect observed in this study."
According to a recent critical review, "Several health benefits exist for reducing the rate of carbohydrate absorption by means of a low GI diet. These include: reduced insulin demand, improved blood glucose control and reduced blood lipid levels, all factors that may play important roles in the prevention or management of several chronic Western diseases like diabetes, coronary heart disease and possibly certain cancers" (Augustin, et al., 2002).
They have also been endorsed by influential TV food guru Gillian McKeith and have featured in Britain's most popular dieting plan, the Gi Diet.
To combat the frightening statistics Rick Gallop, the creator of the famous GI Diet, has launched a new version to help the whole family lose weight.
Finding what was right for me was the real challenge.' Like millions of others, not just in the UK but around the world, Sarah, a businesswoman from Worcestershire, has adopted and adapted the main principles behind the 'GI diet' and has lost almost a stone in a month.
Naomi Campbell, Kim Catrall and even Bill Clinton are singing its praises and now the Irish oat industry is getting its biggest boost ever from the GI diet.
Everyone is talking about this GI Diet so we agree to give it a whirl, providing there are not many oats or lentils involved or David will divorce me.
This finding is good news because it not only means rice can be part of a healthy diet for the average consumer, it also means people with diabetes, or at risk of diabetes, can select the right rice to help maintain a healthy, low GI diet.
DIET Despite the gossip surrounding her eating habits, Kate sticks to a low GI diet of lean meats, fish and vegetables to stay healthy.