Glycemic Index
Foods With A High Glycemic Index Are UN-Healthy.

From my experience in speaking with individuals struggling with weight loss it has come to my attention that many individuals out there do not know what The Glycemic Index is. Many people seem to have heard of it, but few seem to generally understand what it is and why it’s important to losing weight and maintaining excellent health.

What is The Glycemic Index?

Simply put, The Glycemic Index is a way of measuring foods with carbohydrates and what the overall impact of those foods will be on a healthy body after consumption. Keep in mind, this isn’t the same as simply adding the total number of carbs consumed. This is actually taking into consideration what those carbs are going to do inside the human body, and how that will affect blood sugar levels. A huge factor in this is the rate in which foods are digested and absorbed. Sure, some wheat breads and pastas have carbs in them, but my research reveals that these foods are absorbed at a slower rate, and therefore score low on The Glycemic Index. Processed foods are digested quickly in the body, which causes insulin levels to spike, therefore those types of foods almost always score high on the index.

Why is The Glycemic Index Important?

From my experience, which is also backed up by research, if you eat foods that are low on The Glycemic Index, your body will convert less carbohydrates to sugar and will therefore produce less insulin. This is important because producing less insulin has been associated with a decreased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and even help keep weight off and curb hunger. As a matter of fact, my research also shows that individuals who are on diets that contain low Glycemic Index foods have a decreased risk for many diseases and illnesses, like: Depression, heart disease, Type-2 Diabetes, and many different forms of cancer.

High GI foods include: white bread, pasta, potatoes, crackers, pretzels, breakfast cereals, sports drinks, cookies, pies and cakes, raisins, and ice cream.

Low GI foods include: bell peppers, cabbage, asparagus, avocados, carrots, garlic, green beans, oranges, pears, bananas, apples, and strawberries.

I believe that in order to effectively loss weight, and control your sugar and insulin levels, especially if you are diabetic, it’s important to understand The Glycemic Index, and how the different foods will impact the way your body converts food to energy, or fat.

References:

Atkinson FS, Foster-Powell K, Brand-Miller JC. International Tables of Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load Values: 2008. Diabetes Care 2008; 31(12).

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Originally posted 2016-01-25 00:26:44.

NWilkinson
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I’m Nick Wilkinson. I writer and radio personality who lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
With over 14 years of experience in the Behavioral Health Field, I’ve been working in close contact with kids from all walks of life.
Specializing in teenagers and young adults, I’ve been a career long supporter of “verbal de-escalation” and non-violent crisis intervention. I believe that what you say, and how you say it, are the keys to successful communication. I currently write about men's health topics, parenting and child abuse topics, and other social issues. You can visit my blog at www.ActingNotReacting.com

Tagged on: diabetes    dieting    glycemic index    insulin    low GI foods    weight loss

14 thoughts on “What is the Glycemic Index? Why Is It Important To You?

  • 30 March 2016 at 2:10 AM
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    Hello Nick! Yet another great post from you. I’m becoming great fan of this website. Good to know important details regarding Glycemic index, it seems like a serious thing that we need to give good attention.

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    • 13 May 2016 at 11:02 AM
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      I’m happy to hear that you are finding this information useful! Are there any topics you would like me to cover in the future?

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  • 17 March 2016 at 9:38 PM
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    Wow! I had never heard of the Glycemic Index, let alone that it was important. I am a bit embarrassed about that.

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  • 23 February 2016 at 12:21 PM
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    Until I read this fine article I had never heard the term Glycemic Index. Granted, I have never been much of a healthy minded individual either. Like most converts, I’m trying to eat right and live well because an illness brought my mortality to my attention. Nothing too serious, but serious enough to be a wake-up call. Reading through the information here and on other pages of this website I see I have a lot to learn.

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  • 18 February 2016 at 3:58 AM
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    It’s sad to see so little people know about the glycemic index. It should be shown more in the media to create awareness.

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    • 13 May 2016 at 11:03 AM
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      With the diabetes problem in America, I wonder if this is something that needs to be taught along side the food pyramid in school?

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  • 16 February 2016 at 1:24 AM
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    Clean eating is what has been such an improvement to my health. I feel so much younger, healthier, more fit and even more energetic now! Processed foods are easy but it is of no good.

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  • 6 February 2016 at 5:40 AM
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    I am glad that you wrote about this. So many people, even some that I have talked to, cannot figure out what this means to their health. Having these types of resources online is very important!

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  • 31 January 2016 at 3:39 PM
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    I’ll admit I am one of those people who did not know what The Glycemic Index is. Until I read this post I don’t think I ever heard the term. I consider it a good day when I learn something new.

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    • 4 February 2016 at 9:24 AM
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      It’s always great to learn something new! Do you see yourself using this information in any new ways now?

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  • 31 January 2016 at 6:36 AM
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    I did not know this about the Glycemic index. I actually didn’t think it was that big of deal and only those with diabetes really had to know about it. I see I was way off. Thanks for posting this good resource!

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  • 26 January 2016 at 5:44 PM
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    This is interesting. I did not know anything of the Glycemic Index before I read this. In fact I did not even know such a thing existed. I was doing a little fact finding to get a grip on why, since I moved to Nicaragua, my weight has dropped and I feel years younger. I know now it is because I eat zero processed foods other than cheese. Everything is fresh that enters my body. I know too that it is because I am not eating processed foods that I’ve not only lost weight, but gained muscle mass without exercising and feeling much more energized. I moved here because it makes for an affordable retirement. Little did I know if came with a fountain of youth benefit.

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    • 30 January 2016 at 8:28 PM
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      What can you tell us about the process of switching over to a non-processed food diet?

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    • 9 May 2016 at 4:32 PM
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      A non-processed food diet would be so hard to do. I would be willing to try it, but I look around and am not sure what I would even eat. I would like to know more as well!

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