Much of dieting focus recently has been placed on the glycemic index. While understanding and managing the glycemic index is important, it’s equally important to go one step further and understand glycemic load. The glycemic load is a relatively new way to measure the impact of food to blood glucose levels. Simply put, glycemic index represents glucose conversion speed, while glycemic load represents the amount of glucose created.
So What’s the Glycemic Index?
The glycemic index is the relative degree to which blood sugar increases after the consumption of food, that is, relative to the effect of pure sugar. High glycemic index foods can raise blood glucose levels very quickly, as well as insulin levels. In contrast, low glycemic index foods don’t significantly raise blood glucose levels and insulin levels after eating. Pure glucose is given a value of 100 while other foods are given an index number representing its relative effect on blood glucose levels.
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