How Can You Start Using The Glycemic Index For Better Health?
Understanding the basics of using the glycemic index can improve your health. There are some foods that cause your blood sugar to rise very quickly. These carbohydrates, just like refined sugars and bread are easy foods for your body to change into glucose. Glucose is the sugar your body uses for energy. We do need it, but many of us get too much. With foods like vegetables and whole grains, the slower digestion tends to keep your blood sugar at a nice steady level.
So, What Then Is That Number In The Glycemic Index?
The Glycemic index number tells you how quickly your body converts that particular food into glucose. The smaller the number is on the scale, the better. Meaning it will less likely spike your blood sugar.
The chart reads like this:
- 55 or less = Low (good)
- 56- 69 = Medium
- 70 or higher = High (bad)
Food labels do have the glycemic index number. If you’d like to get a list of the gylcemic index number on some common foods, check out the list from Harvard University .
If you’d like to read more about this, check out Web MD’s informative article.