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Tracking Glycemic Index of Foods

Do You Pay Attention to Your Foods' Glycemic Index?

When it comes to losing weight a calorie is a calorie, but when it's time to just maintain, you might want to look at other numbers. A new study found that people who lost weight were less likely to gain it back over time if they followed a high-protein, low glycemic index diet.

As we all know by now, there are good carbs and bad carbs. The glycemic index looks at a food's ability to raise blood sugar: foods with low glycemic index levels are counted as 55 or less, and foods with a high glycemic index have levels of 70 or higher. High GI foods, like white bread, pasta and rice, boost your blood sugar and have been linked to a variety of problems (from acne to Alzheimer's as well as increasing your risk of type 2 diabetes), whereas low GI foods, like veggies, whole grains and legumes, prevent high blood sugar after meals and help you feel full longer.

Monitoring the glycemic load in food is critical for anyone on a diabetic diet. Do you pay attention to your foods' glycemic index?

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