The Glycemic Index is the rate at which sugar is released into the blood. The lower the number, the slower the process. Releasing over a longer period of time is best for the body. And a slow release is good for those wanting energy over a long period of time.
Low GI - less than 55
Intermediate GI - between 56 and 69
High GI - higher than 70
What is the significance of Glycemic Index?
How to switch to a low GI diet
- Low GI means a smaller rise in blood sugar and can help control established diabetes
- Low GI diets can help people lose weight and lower blood lipids
- Low GI diets can improve the body's sensitivity to insulin
- High GI foods can help re-fuel carbohydrate stores after exercise
Choose breakfast cereals based on wheat bran, barley and oats.