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Friday, April 27, 2007

You Are All Wrong!

The correct order from highest Glycemic Index to lowest Glycemic Index is the following:

Don't worry. I got it wrong too the first time I tried this.

This is a quick chart of the Glycemic Index of sugars:

As you can see, Fructose is smack dab in the middle of the Glycemic Index. Orange juice is literally in the middle with a GI of 52 (out of 100). The sugar that makes Rice Krispies is actually very similar to the sugar found in your glucose tablets, so that's why it's the fastest with a GI of 82.

Bagels come in second with a GI of 72. Bagels are a "branch-chained" starch, which means it kind of looks like a tree (Okay, that's how Gary described it... I'm not making this up). Because enzymes are able to break down more than one sugar molecule at a time, it doesn't take as long to digest. Straight-chained starches take long because you have to break it down one at a time. Potatoes and most breads are pretty high on the GI, with most being over 70 (except for pita bread and rye bread). Legumes and pasta tend to be lower on the GI.

The low-fat yogurt, being lactose, comes in last at 33.

So, if you're low, have a bowl of Rice Krispies by leave out the milk!

Also, coincidentally, dLife just posted a new article all about the Glycemic Index, so you can find out more by reading it.


At April 27, 2007 12:02 PM , Blogger LORI said...

LOL.. I just envisioned myself stuffing my mouth full of Rice Krispies during a low instead of my usual 1/2 cup of OJ... And trying to whistle (like trying to whistle with a mouth full of crackers)... And spitting them out everywhere...

Yikes, can ya tell it's Friday? :)

At April 27, 2007 10:18 PM , Blogger Chrissie in Belgium said...

Allison, this shows that orange juice is NOT the best things for hypos since the sugar is fructose! Normal coke has a higher GI! The quicker you treat the hypo, the less is the chance you over-eat! I swear by coke for a hypo. Also the minerals and bubbles in the coke make it work more rapidly.

At April 28, 2007 9:42 AM , Blogger Scott K. Johnson said...

Chrissie has a great point in that the quicker you treat the low the less likely you are to over treat it - something I really struggle with!


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