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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Recent Examples on the Web Consuming 3 grams of powdered ginger per day helped patients improve their glycemic indices compared to a placebo, according to a 2015 study published in the Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Health Benefits of Ginger Water," 11 Jan. 2019 The glycemic index is a reference to how quickly a food is broken down and absorbed. Jamie Pitlick, Quartzy, "The best and worst sugar substitutes for your health," 3 July 2019 Higher-quality carbohydrates tend to be lower on the glycemic index, minimally processed and higher in fiber. Christy Brissette, Washington Post, "What are ‘hormone diets’ — and can they really help you lose weight quickly?," 5 Aug. 2019 Chicken at a church fair David Jenkins, a father of the glycemic index and professor of nutritional sciences at the University of Toronto, hopes so. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, "Pass the tofu: How eating vegan became a billion-dollar business," 29 Mar. 2019 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

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1981, in the meaning defined above

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“Glycemic index.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glycemic%20index. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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