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Glycemic Index

What is the glycemic Index?

The glycemic index is a measure of how fast the carbohydrates you eat are converted to sugar within the body. The scale ranges from 0 to 100 and the higher the number, the larger and more rapid the rise of blood sugar levels in your body. This is important because foods that cause a large glycemic response will cause a quick burst of energy, but will be followed by hunger, laziness, and increased fat storage. People believe if they eat foods with a low glycemic index, their glucose levels will not fluctuate as much, and thus the person will not experience dramatic hunger cravings.

High and Low Glycemic Responses
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adapted from www.glycemicindex.com

Leslie Selcke
University of Illinois
FSHN 120 Honors Project
Fall 2005