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September 2013 Issue

Scientific Consensus on Glycemic Index

Glycemic index (GI) and carbohydrate quality plays an important role in disease prevention, according to a scientific consensus statement released in June 2013 at the International Scientific Consensus Summit on Glycemic Index in Stresa, Italy. A committee of nutrition scientists confirmed that strong evidence indicates after eating high GI foods—such as heavily refined carbohydrates, including processed baked goods and soda—blood sugar levels rise more so than after eating low GI foods, such as whole, minimally processed grains.

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