glycemic index


Definition of glycemic index

: a measure of the rate at which ingested food causes the level of glucose in the blood to rise also : a ranking of foods according to the glycemic index abbreviation GI

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Soup Is the New Juice Usually low in its glycemic index, soup—the heartier and much warmer alternative to juicing—has garnered the attention of the cleansing community, getting everyone from Gwyneth Paltrow to Kate Hudson on board. Mackenzie Wagoner, Vogue, "What’s the Best Way to Cleanse? A Guide to Detoxing in 2019," 1 Jan. 2019 The fruit should be lower on the glycemic index: berries, apples, and pears fall into this category. Steven Macari, Harper's BAZAAR, "Calm Before the Storm: A Pre-Holiday Detox," 18 Nov. 2013 Charles says that using date syrup can help anyone avoid spikes in blood sugar caused by sweeteners with a higher glycemic index, which can negatively affect mental and physical performance. Tara Duggan,, "Doctor drops UCSF post for a career in dates," 20 June 2018 Researchers in Toronto found that people who ate pasta instead of other carbohydrates as part of a low-glycemic index diet lost weight. Editors, USA TODAY, "The caravan at the heart of the latest U.S./Mexico border dispute," 5 Apr. 2018 Foods that rank high on the glycemic index cause rapid spikes in blood sugar, potentially leaving you feeling hungry shortly after eating. Sarah Klein,, "Pasta Was Linked to Weight Loss in a New Study–and We Know What We’re Having for Dinner Tonight," 3 Apr. 2018 That gives it a lower glycemic index, great for someone like me with high blood sugar. Polly Campbell,, "Get the most out of your food with these tips," 11 Jan. 2018 Coconut sugar has a lower glycemic index (GI) ranking than cane sugar, which tracks how foods affect blood glucose levels. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "What Is Coconut Sugar, the Alt-Sweetener Taking Over Baking?," 13 Apr. 2018 The researchers from Florida State University and the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa sought to determine the effect of a pre-exercise carbohydrate on SCAAT lipolysis and whether this effect is mediated by glycemic index., "Optimum Performance: What you eat before training and competition matters," 13 Apr. 2018

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1981, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of glycemic index

: a measure of the rate at which an ingested food causes the level of glucose in the blood to rise the insulin response caused by carbohydrate depends on the glycemic index…of the food— Trevor Smith also : a ranking of foods according to their glycemic index abbreviation GI

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