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Glycemic Index
By James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.

Glycemic index (GI) has become a popular term; it is more meaningful than the label simple carbohydrate. GI refers to the rise in your blood sugar after you ingest a specific food. This numerical value is compared to the GI of glucose at a value of 100. It is recommended that people with obesity, diabetes, and insulin resistance eat foods that have lower glycemic values. For example, a Coca-Cola soft drink has a glycemic index of 63, whereas as a serving of kidney beans has a value of 23.

  • A GI of 70 or more is considered high.
  • A GI of 56 to 69 is considered medium.
  • A GI of less than 55 is considered low.
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