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Articles September 2017 Issue

New Insights: Glycemic Index

The glycemic index may help predict the blood sugar effects of a food, but it doesn't tell the whole story, especially when combining foods.

Guessing the effects of a meal on your blood sugar isn't easy, even if you use the glycemic index. That's a ranking of how much standardized (50-gram available carbohydrate) portions of individual foods increase blood sugar. But, people typically eat a mix of different foods at any one time, which makes using the glycemic index less straightforward.

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