View Full Version : Glycemic Index vs. Glycemic Load -FYI

Vapour Trails
12-15-2004, 02:26 PM
I was reading an article interesting article yesterday about GI vs. GL.

As you may know, the GI of a carbohydrate food is a measure of how long it takes to produce an increase in blood sugar. It is basically a measure of the speed of digestion and absorption. However, it does not take into account the quantity (grams) of carbohydrate in the particular food. For instance, a piece of fruit may quickly increase blood sugar, but due to the low quantity of carbs, it doesn't produce a increase of much magnitude or duration.

Nutritionists now talk of GL or Glycemic load, which is a combination of GI (speed) and the quantity of carbs contained in a particular food. A low GI food may take a while to show an increase in blood sugar, but when it does, the magnitude and duration of the increase may be considerable.

Just something to consider when selecting your carbs - GI isn't telling the whole story.

12-17-2004, 04:03 PM
also consider the II (insulin index)