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Glycemic Index of Foods

What is the Glycemic Index?

The Glycemic Index is a numerical Index that ranks carbohydrates based on their rate of glycemic response (i.e. their conversion to glucose within the human body). Glycemic Index uses a scale of 0 to 100, with higher values given to foods that cause the most rapid rise in blood sugar. Pure glucose serves as a reference point, and is given a Glycemic Index (GI) of 100.


Why Don’t We Want a Rise in Blood Sugar?

  • Rises in blood sugar levels can have several affects on your body here are several:
  • Can make you crave more sugar or unhealthy foods.
  • Your body performs better when your blood sugar levels remain constant.
  • If your blood sugar goes too high, your brain signals your pancreas to secrete more insulin. Insulin brings your blood sugar back down, but primarily by converting the excess sugar to stored fat.(definitely don’t want to store fat)
  • An instant increase in blood sugar levels at a high rate may make you feel an initial elevation in energy and mood as your blood sugar rises, but this is followed by a cycle of increased fat storage, lethargy, and more hunger!


See chart for examples of Common Foods on the Glycemic Index

North Adams Chiropractor | Glycemic Index of Foods. Dr. Francine Lajoie is a North Adams Chiropractor.