January 2011 Issue

The Glycemic Index Explained

Youíve probably heard the term "glycemic index" (GI) used in a variety of venues, from your neighborhood gym to the latest weight loss book. Eating a low-GI diet is certainly a growing trend, but is there any proof that it can help you achieve better health? EN sifts through the science in order to answer your most pressing questions about the GI diet. When you eat a high-GI food, itís a little like surging to the top of a roller coaster ride: your blood glucose rapidly rises, your insulin output spikes, and glucose uptake occurs in your muscle tissue and fat storage.

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