THE GLYCEMIC INDEX
|Tuesday, 10 June 2008|
THE GLYCEMIC INDEX is a measurement of the way the blood sugar responds two hours after a certain food is ingested in comparison to the way it responds two hours after an equivalent amount of pure glucose in ingested. The lower a food’s glycemic index is, the less the body’s glycemic response to that food. By eating foods with a lower glycemic index, you can maintain a more stable blood-sugar level. For the glycemic index of some common foods, see the table below.
The glycemic index is important for two primary reasons-it indicates the metabolic consequences that different foods can have, and it helps when foods with certain glycemic index need to be consumed at specific times. For example, it is better to consume foods with low glycemic index, since these foods help maintain the proper blood-sugar level and ensure a sustained energy supply. Conversely, during workouts and competitions, it is better to eat foods with higher glycemic index because these foods help spare glycogen in the body and supply quick energy to exercising muscles.
Carbs Recommended for Evening Meal
The lower the number is; the better for you!