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What is the Glycemic Index (GI) and Why Does it Matter?

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  Published on October 21st, 2020
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GI index

The glycemic index can be a helpful tool if you know how to use it. Whether or not you want to lose weight or have blood sugar issues or medical problems, you might want to learn more about the GI. So, what is it? How do you use it? Why is it important? What is the Glycemic Index (GI)? The glycemic index is a value that’s often used to promote healthy blood glucose levels. The GI is a tool that measures how many specific foods increase blood sugar levels. Foods are ranked on a scale of 0-100 and categorized as low, medium, or high glycemic foods. The lower the GI of a certain food, the less it affects your blood sugar levels (slower rise in blood glucose) [1]. The three GI ratings are: Low: 55 or less Medium: 56-69 High: 70 or higher Foods that are high in refined sugar and carbs are digested more quickly and usually have a high GI. Foods high in fat, protein, or fiber typically have a low GI. Foods…

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