Our low glycemic index chart shows foods with both low and high glycemic index values a€“ it is a complete list of values.
An additional note a€“ the values in the table above are averages collected from several sources. In addition to these simple steps, use the low glycemic index list above while shopping or eating out. Be aware that certain types of foods might have different varieties that will have different GI. The shift to low glycemic index foods will give you a fighting chance to improve your health. However, you shouldn’t wait till something goes wrong to research it—being proactive about your health is the best medicine! These foods will generally make your blood sugar rise more gradually, which gives your body time to signal for a smaller and more gradual increase in insulin production.
In this article, we’ll try to explain the blood sugar roller coaster in simple words and diagrams.
This means your body starts to digest the food and breaks it into sugar more slowly and evenly than with other foods. While these foods are OK in moderation, they are not considered to be low glycemic index foods.
We call these foods flooders, as they flood your body with sugar and they have a higher potential to cause cell damage due to the high sugar spike.
The body takes longer to digest these types of foods and thus delays the sugar from entering the blood stream.


Let us know if you have any questions as you read!Where does sugar in your blood come from?The sugar in your blood is called glucose and it comes from eating foods that contain carbohydrates. Further, some GI values can change due to differences in ripeness or age of the food a€“ food can be picked, stored and then consumed a year after picking or the day it was picked a€“ this age impacts the GI, as well as nutritional and vitamin content.
Your body breaks down carbohydrates (and sometimes fats and proteins too) to extract glucose.
So what we call blood sugar is actually blood glucose.As your logic might be telling you, foods rich in glucose are typically sweet. Fresh and dried fruit, fruit juices and nectars, as well as honey, corn syrup and molasses  are some of the foods high in glucose.
Glucose can also be obtained from grains, legumes, vegetables and dairy products, such as milk. These are natural sources of glucose, but there are also refined, processed sugars like high-fructose corn syrup or that white sugar you add to your morning coffee. Your cardio-vascular system helps carry glucose to all the cells, providing them with vital energy to run your body. Hormone called insulin makes glucose in the blood accessible to cells, so that they can absorb it and burn it to produce energy.However, not all glucose is delivered to the cells. Depending on the amount of glucose in your blood (blood sugar level), some of glucose gets stored in the liver as glycogen for short-term use and some gets converted into fat for long-term energy needs.What can go wrong with your blood sugarEvery time you eat, you are typically consuming some kind of carbs, which then turn into glucose during digestion.
The rising blood sugar levels trigger the release of insulin that helps deliver glucose to the cells to produce energy. This leads to progressively high blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia.) As pancreas keeps producing more and more insulin to take care of glucose, more and more cells get over-stimulated and lose their sensitivity.


Insulin resistance is a symptom of pre-diabetes and may eventually turn into type 2 diabetes if not caught early.
Studies have shown that insulin resistance can be linked to excess weight, physical inactivity, poor diet based on too many (often processed) carbohydrates and even sleep deprivation.Type 1 DiabetesOn the other hand, pancreas may stop producing insulin all together, which is the cause of type 1 diabetes. While the exact origin of this disease is unknown, it is commonly believed to be autoimmune.
This means that your own body may attack your pancreatic cells responsible for insulin production.Both type 2 and type 1 diabetes result in dangerously high blood sugar levels. Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) can occur in both type 1 diabetics (due to overdose of insulin) and non-diabetic people. According to one theory, eating too much processed carbohydrates too often causes the body to absorb glucose too fast and overproduce insulin.As the blood sugar level takes a dive, you may feel sleepiness, dizziness, anxiety, irritability, as well as hunger even though you just ate.
Your body will be craving carbs to get the glucose levels back up, which will start the cycle all over again.
Thankfully, many of the diabetes and pre-diabetes symptoms are reversible through diet and exercise, as long as they are timely addressed. If you know you have high or low blood sugar, please feel free to contact Cara-Michele for nutrition advice and stay tuned for more articles on how to manage your blood sugar.
What is Blood Sugar and What Can go Wrong was last modified: October 15th, 2015 by Cara-Michele Nether - AcupuncturistLeave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.



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