What is the Glycemic Index?

The glycemic index is a scientific way of looking at how the carbohydrates in foods affect bloodglucose, or blood sugar, levels. Scientists know that all carbohydrates raise blood sugar, but the glycemic [more…]

How to Use the Glycemic Index

You can use the glycemic index to make gradual, lasting changes in your diet. You don’t have to know the actual glycemic number of a food to follow an overall low-glycemic diet. Simply choose foods with [more…]

How to Measure the Glycemic Index

The glycemic index ranks foods on a scale of 0 to 100 based on how quickly they raise blood sugar levels. Foods that raise blood sugar quickly have a higher number, whereas foods that take longer to affect [more…]

Defining Low-, Medium-, and High-Glycemic Foods

Determining whether a food is high- or low-glycemic is pretty straightforward. The glycemic index is broken into high-, medium-, and low-glycemic foods. High-glycemic-index foods have the quickest blood [more…]

How to Control Food Cravings with a Low-Glycemic Diet

Food cravings occur for many reasons, both physiological and psychological, but one core cause of food cravings is erratic blood glucose levels. When your body’s blood glucose levels go through high spikes [more…]

Comparing the Glycemic Index to the Glycemic Load

The glycemic load, which is based on the idea that a high-glycemic food eaten in small quantities produces a blood sugar response that's similar to the response produced by low-glycemic foods, is a much [more…]

Glycemic Load and Popular Foods

The information here is designed to provide you with some insight into how the glycemic load varies among popular food choices. As you can see, fruits and vegetables typically end up on the low end whereas [more…]

Choosing Low-Glycemic Foods in the Proper Portion Size

The goal of healthy eating on a low-glycemic diet is to balance your food choices every day, even when your days are hectic. You don’t have to eat all low-glycemic carbs all the time, but aim for choosing [more…]

How to Eat Balanced Meals on a Low-Glycemic Diet

Discovering how to balance the nutrients in your meals is an essential part of losing weight successfully on a low-glycemic diet. For a diet to be truly balanced it must contain a mix of carbohydrates, [more…]