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The Glycemic Index (GI)

Posted By Frank O. McGehee, Jr, MD, CCN, Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015
The Glycemic Index is a measurement carried out on carbohydrates containing foods and their impact on our blood sugar. GI looks at the impact of foods on our actual blood sugar.

The rule of thumb we use in our practice is to routinely eat no food with a GI number greater than 50. The latest research into healthy longevity exposures the theory that the medication Metformin given to diabetics should be given to healthy individuals to reduce their glucose level. The theory is the lower the glucose level, the less chance of cardiac disease, obesity, and resulting inflammation from high cholesterol.

Glycemic Loads of Common Foods in Descending Order - PRINT COMPLETE GRID
From: The Sugar Blockers Diet
Rob Thompson, M.D.
ISBN: 978-1-60961-253-5
Food    Description  Typical Serving Glycemic Load
(Percentage of 1 slice of white bread)

 Pancake  5” diameter  2 ½ oz  346
 Bagel 1 medium
 3 1/3 oz  340
  Orange Soda   12-oz can   12 oz   314
 Macaroni  2 cups  10 oz  301
 White Rice  1 cup  6 ½ oz  283
 Spaghetti  2 cups  10 oz  276
 White Bread  2 slices, 3/8’” thick    260
 Baked Potato  1 medium    246
 Orange Soda  12-oz can  12 oz  314

Tags:  GI  glycemic index  nutrition 

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