Glycemic Index

Glycemic Index

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Glycemic Index (GI)

The glycemic index or GI ranks carbohydrates according to their effect on blood glucose levels. The lower the GI, the slower the rise in blood glucose levels will be when the food is consumed. The effect may differ from person to person.

It is recommended that people with diabetes have moderate amounts of carbohydrate and include high fibre foods that also have a low GI (not all high fibre foods have a low GI).

Some research has shown that by eating a diet with a lower GI, people with diabetes can reduce their average blood glucose levels. This is important in reducing the risk of developing diabetes-related complications.

GI numbers are to be used as a guide only as individual foods do not have the same response in all people with diabetes.

Low GI foods are foods with a GI less than 55.
Intermediate GI foods are foods with a GI between 55 and 70.
High GI foods are foods with a GI greater than 70.

The recommendation is to eat more low and intermediate GI foods, not to exclude high GI foods.

The GI is only a small part of the healthy eating plan for people with diabetes.

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  • (59 stars)

    by Gary Kelliher on 05/06/2014

    You can't tell what the glycemic value is when there are so many duplicate foods with different values. I can see a couple but thus list needs to be fact checked and edited. It would take a couple of hours to do. I appreciate someone tying to gather this important information for us diabetics.

  • (59 stars)

    by Eileen Morse on 12/05/2014

    Information seemed to be inaccurate.

  • (59 stars)

    by Tom Nelson on 19/04/2014

    Good app. Would be nice if it included more foods.

  • (59 stars)

    by Ayman Al-Layla on 10/12/2013

    Nice and simple but needs to be improved

  • (59 stars)

    by Scot Close on 04/09/2013

    Doesn't have common foods like sweet potato. Says GI of beer is 110.

  • (59 stars)

    by Steven Hussey on 30/08/2013

    Values of over 100 relative to glucose????

  • (59 stars)

    by Jillian Duly on 21/08/2013

    Would be FAB 5 stars if I could search by food group!? Use it, don't use it...