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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Fruit and vegetable juices are ok in moderation when freshly juiced at home but try to use produce low on the GI index to limit sugar being consumed.
Cutting down sugar under the GI index avoids empty calories.
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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.
"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.