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What Kind of Glycemic Index Make You Crash and Burn?

June 17, 2009


When I first graduated from college, a friend and I went to the King’s Island amusement park in Cincinnati, OH. We started in the morning and I decided I needed to fuel up before conquering all of the raging coasters and other cool rides. My fuel consisted of a funnel cake and some kind of drink — probably a soda. A little later in the day I felt thoroughly drained; so much so that I just didn’t feel like doing anything. I was experiencing a sugar crash of monumental proportions. If only I’d known about the glycemic index of foods, I might have averted this unfortunate circumstance by fueling up with low and medium GI carbs. But, we live and we learn.

What are high, medium, and low glycemic index (GI) foods? Well, high GI foods can cause you to have those sugar crashes we’ve all experienced. Low and medium GI foods generally won’t cause the crash problem. High glycemic index foods have a glycemic index above 60. Moderate GI foods measure 40 – 60, and low glycemic index (GI) foods have an index measurement at 39 or lower. You can find out the glycemic index of many foods here: http://www.glycemicindex.com/.

Tomorrow we’ll give examples of foods that fit each GI classification (low, medium, high), and we’ll cover when it’s good to eat the different high, medium and low GI foods.

Darryl

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