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What is the difference between high and low glycemic foods?  Please give some example of each and suggestions on what to is best for a diabetic.
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glycemic index

posted at 7/13/2011 8:12 AM CDT
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What is the difference between high and low glycemic foods?  Please give some example of each and suggestions on what to is best for a diabetic.

Re: glycemic index

posted at 7/14/2011 12:16 PM CDT
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In Response to glycemic index:
What is the difference between high and low glycemic foods?  Please give some example of each and suggestions on what to is best for a diabetic.
Posted by blueflipflops


The glycemic index (GI) classifies carbohydrate-containing foods according to their potential to raise your blood sugar level. Foods with high glycemic indexes tend to raise your blood sugar faster and higher than foods with a lower GI value. For example an apple has a low GI while apple juice is considered a higher GI food.

The GI does have some potential benefits. However, I typically do not recommend using glycemic index to control blood sugar levels for the following reasons. GI does not consider all the variables that affect your blood sugar and doesn't take into consideration combination foods which can impact your blood sugar differently. It is also challenging to follow a GI diet due to not all foods are ranked and they may be difficult to estimate.

I recommend focusing on counting your carbohydrates. It is much easier to understand and is a tried and true method to controlling blood sugars. Your local Hy-Vee registered dietitian will be able to help you design a diabetes eating plan that will fit your needs, preferences and lifestyle. 

Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

Sincerely,

Alexandra Economy
Winona Hy-Vee Dietitian

Re: glycemic index

posted at 7/19/2011 12:51 PM CDT
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Personally, I wouldn't look at the glycemic index either. It will drive you crazy, it is so complex and not at all logical. Look for low carbs and high fiber, also a little higher protein. Juices are concentrated - fiber has been removed. The whole fruit will give your body something to "chew" on.

I am not a RD or LD, just someone living with diabetes for several years and working hard to keep control.

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