glycemic index

noun

: 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

Examples of glycemic index in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The riper a fruit is, the higher its glycemic index. Danielle Weiss, Verywell Health, 25 June 2023 These foods have a high glycemic index, which is a measure of the increase in blood sugar after consumption, Willett said. Linda Carroll, NBC News, 29 Sep. 2023 Two tablespoons of hummus provide: (USDA, 2019) Calories: 82.4 Protein: 2.5g Fat: 5.8g Carbohydrates: 5.1g Fiber: 1.8g Hummus has a low glycemic index, which means its carbohydrates take the body longer to digest and break down, causing a gradual rise in blood sugar. Lindsey Desoto, Health, 26 Sep. 2023 When a person eats a food like potatoes with a high glycemic index, the starch is easily and quickly absorbed, causing a spike in blood sugar leading to more fat being produced and stored. Linda Carroll, NBC News, 29 Sep. 2023 This means that ripe fruit will raise your blood sugar more than a food with a low glycemic index. Danielle Weiss, Verywell Health, 25 June 2023 Apples and other fruit are considered low glycemic index foods because of their fructose and fiber content. Lindsey Desoto, Health, 26 Sep. 2023 Controls Your Blood Sugar Grapefruit has a low glycemic index (GI), a measure of how quickly carbs raise your blood sugar.5 Low-GI foods do not raise blood sugar as quickly or as much as high-GI foods. Amanda Gardner, Health, 10 Sep. 2023 That includes those that are lower on the glycemic index scale. Sherry Christiansen Updated, Verywell Health, 21 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1981, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of glycemic index was in 1981

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“Glycemic index.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glycemic%20index. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

glycemic index

noun
: 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 foodTrevor Smith
also : a ranking of foods according to their glycemic index
abbreviation GI

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