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[IP] FW: NNF - The Glycemic Index Revisited

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Jim Handsfield
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The opinions expressed are mine and may not represent those of my wife who
runs our house and makes more important decisions than I do.

> October 29, 2001
> "Nutrition news is important.  We help you understand it!"
> Today's Topic: The Glycemic Index Revisited
> The glycemic index (GI) is a measure of how much your blood sugar
> increases over several hours following eating of a standard amount of
> food, which is compared with how much your blood sugar increases after
> eating the same amount of white bread or glucose.  This amount is
> usually 50 grams (almost 2 ounces) of carbohydrate.  The GI has been
> determined for many individual foods.
> Although some scientists believe strongly that the GI should determine
> food choices, there are many problems with using it to choose a diet.
> Eating two foods with GIs of 100 and 80 does not mean you will have a
> GI of 90.  Weights of servings are often not the same.  No expert
> panel has endorsed using the GI to choose foods, and the American
> Diabetes Association believes it is of little use to diabetics in
> making food choices.
> HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: A breakfast of bacon
> and eggs has an extremely low glycemic index because of almost no
> carbohydrates.  Think that is healthier than a whole grain cereal with
> milk?  Theoretically, the GI should be useful, but it has almost no
> practical value mostly because we eat combinations of foods.  Twenty
> years after its development, this remains a highly controversial
> topic.
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