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Glycemic Index for Cereal

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.

CEREAL BRANDS
Glycemic Index
Enzyme Activity
All BRAN
51
No
Bran Buds and Psyllium
45
No
Bran Flakes
74
No
Cheerios
74
No
Corn Flakes
83
No
Cream of Wheat
66
No
Frosted Flakes
55
No
Grape Nuts
67
No
Life
66
No
Muesli
54
Yes
Nutri Grain
66
No
Oatmeal Old Fashioned
48
No
Puffed Wheat
67
No
Raisin Bran
73
No
Rice Chex
89
No
Shredded Wheat
67
No
Special K
54
No
Total
76
No

Low GI - less than 55
Intermediate GI - between 56 and 69
High GI - higher than 70


What is the significance of Glycemic Index?

  • 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

How to switch to a low GI diet

Choose breakfast cereals based on wheat bran, barley and oats.



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