glycemic index

noun

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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Eating a lot of foods high on the glycemic index like white cereal and pasta forces the pancreas to work hard to produce extra insulin, which may exacerbate insulin resistance. Mary Claire Lagroue, SELF, "Can Diet and Exercise Actually Improve PCOS Symptoms?," 23 Apr. 2019 The glycemic index refers to how the product will affect your blood sugar on its own. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "How Healthy Is Chickpea Pasta? A Dietitian Weighs In on Nutrition and Weight-Loss Benefits," 25 Mar. 2019 The foods recommended fall low on the glycemic index and include lean protein and non-starchy vegetables, plus a bit of healthy fats, fruit, and complex carbs. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "Everything You Need to Know About the Dubrow Diet," 29 Jan. 2019 And be sure to eat a diet low in foods with a high glycemic index (simple and complex carbohydrates). 4. Candace Bryan, Good Housekeeping, "15 Things Women With Perfect Skin Do Every Day," 4 Sep. 2015 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, SFChronicle.com, "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

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1981, in the meaning defined above

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glycemic index

noun

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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