Did you know… learning about the Glycemic Index can help you manage your blood sugar?

GHHEditor May 31st

We’ve all heard people talk about “blood sugar”—and if you or someone you know has diabetes this topic is even more important. But what is it? And how does what we eat affect it? The sugar our bodies use for energy is called glucose. When we eat, our bodies take in the glucose. The amount of sugar we have in our blood is what we call “blood sugar,” which can be measured with a simple fingerprick test. That’s why when people haven’t eaten in a while, they may have low blood sugar. People with low blood sugar can feel dizzy, lightheaded, and stressed. That isn’t healthy for anyone, but it’s especially dangerous if you’re diabetic.

 

Blood sugar is especially important to monitor if you have diabetes. If your diabetes isn’t under control, you have high blood sugar.

 

But not all foods give us the same amount of glucose. Some foods increase blood sugar quickly, others increase it slowly, over time. Some foods give us a lot of blood sugar, others give us just a little. How can you tell what’s what? And why does this matter? That’s where the glycemic index [HP TERM] comes in.

 

According to Harvard Medical School, “the glycemic index is a value assigned to food based on how slowly or how quickly those foods cause increases in blood glucose levels." The higher the glycemic index score, the more quickly the food causes blood sugar to rise. This info is especially important for people who have diabetes, as making sure their blood sugar stays at a safe level is crucial for their health.

 

Using the glycemic index can help you make healthier choices. Here are five examples that might surprise you!

 

  1. Microwave popcorn has a Glycemic Index score of 65, and peanuts have a score of only 13. If you’re diabetic, peanuts might be the smarter and safer snack choice.
  2. If fruit is what you want, choose apples (GI score of 36) over grapes (GI score of 59) or watermelon (GI score of 72).
  3. Instead of white potatoes (GI score of 82), consider yams (GI score of 54). But note that yams and sweet potatoes are different things!
  4. Try a wheat tortilla (GI score of 30) instead of white bread (GI Score of 73) on your sandwich!
  5. And if you’re looking for an ultra-low GI snack, you’ll want almonds… which have a GI score of 0!

 

 

 

 

With this info, you can make healthier decisions. And healthy decisions mean a healthy you!

 

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