glycemic index

By haoleboy Latest Reply 2014-03-23 21:48:43 -0500
Started 2014-03-22 17:21:13 -0500

We all wish there was an easy way to determine the foods we can/should eat. There has been a lot of talk about the glycemic index. It would be nice if we could just eat 'low glycemic index' foods (<55), but I don't see myself chowing down any time soon on Snickers (51 / 60g) , peanut M&M's (33 / 30g) or 6-piece Chicken McNuggets (46). After all, do we eat to feed our emotional needs or our nutritional needs?
It certainly can one of the tools we use in determining what to eat but not sure we should disregard the larger nutritional picture.
Something else to consider … (Why the Glycemic Index Fails for Many People with Diabetes).


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Glucerna 2014-03-23 15:50:27 -0500 Report

I love that folks are talking about eating an overall healthy, nutritious diet that fits your individual needs. The latest nutrition recommendations have moved in that direction, advocating whole foods instead of processed foods and instead of focusing on individual nutrients look at the overall diet. Maybe one day we'll be able to do individualized genetic testing to determine what combination of macronutrients (carbohydrate, protein and fat), fiber, etc are the best for each of us, but for now we have to figure that out on our own. ~Lynn @Glucerna

jayabee52 2014-03-23 21:48:43 -0500 Report

Howdy Lynn
The link i posted below is a way we can figure that one out on our own for our own specific metabolism. I urge everyone to give it a try,

jigsaw 2014-03-23 07:59:48 -0500 Report

For me, the only thing that works is a healthy food plan, combined with exercise and portion control. You can always adjust any one of these to accommodate your personal condition and physical circumstances.

The glycemic index is a good occasional guide, especially when you are not sure of a specific food. It's great for those that are going through an initial learning phase. Good old fashion knowledge regarding healthy nutritional meals, calorie intake, and exercise, is what I believe is best.

jayabee52 2014-03-23 04:41:05 -0500 Report

Howdy Steve
You may find a almost complete list (as of 2008) of GI values of foods, plus Glycemic Load of foods at David Mendoza's site here ~ He also gives a fascinating (at least to me) rundown of the GI as it relates to the GL numbers.

However since I don't pay a great deal of attention to lists such as this I like to know how a particular food or drink affects my specific metabolism, so I follow the plan to determine that here ~

As you frequently say, steve, "YMMV" and that is why I use this method of determining what foods or drinks "play nice" with my metabolism and which do not. I use the GI and GL lists to guide me as to which foods I may wish to try next for my testing, but I don't use the GI/GL lists as the last word on what will work for me.

God's best to you


theladyiscrazy 2014-03-22 20:12:58 -0500 Report

I do not follow the GI theory for me. I found out, the hard way, that it doesn't work on all things for me. I ate a low GI food, only to have my sugar levels skyrocket (think over 300) and then had a high GI food, and I was perfectly okay. The thing is, we are each unique, with different metabolisms, different types of diabetes, other ailments, etc, so there is no one-size-fits all type diet out there.

haoleboy 2014-03-22 20:38:00 -0500 Report

What about 'glycemic load' … related but not necessarily the same?
I use a variety of indicators to decide what to eat, but the #1 criterion is … is it of significant nutritional benefit?
My #1 health priority is heart health and fortunately, more often than not, diabetic and heart concerns go hand in hand.
I once weighed 325 pounds, even at 6-foot tall I was morbidly obese. After having a stroke I took a hard look at what, and why I ate and have been pretty successful at eating to refuel and not just 'cause I like it', or 'cause it makes me feel good'.
Seems to have worked out okay as I now am a somewhat svelte 160 ;)

Nick1962 2014-03-23 16:48:30 -0500 Report

Pretty much my same theory and experience. I try to live by the "eat right rule":

If food can go bad it's good for you
If it can't go bad, it's bad for you

JaredLahti 2014-03-23 06:57:37 -0500 Report

That is so impressive. Doesn't it feel amazing to b at a normal weight. At my heaviest I was 235 lbs. the only positive diabetes has been for me is that I kept dropping pounds anytime I got too high up because my blood sugar was too high. I am a really fat guy being only 5 ft 7 in tall and I carry almost all of it in my stomach. Of course now I am down to 155 lbs with the hopes of dropping about 10 more pounds to make doing long distance triathlons easier.

haoleboy 2014-03-23 17:11:50 -0500 Report

one of the best days was when I was able to shop in the men's section and not the'Big and Tall' department. my largest waist size was 52" … now 33' and still working at reducing that.
Triathlons ? I'm impressed!

JaredLahti 2014-03-23 17:50:49 -0500 Report

Thanks! It is hard work doing the triathlons but there is something about finishing that I have become addicted to. I think at my largest I was somewhere in the range of 42-46. I plan on doing the ironman in 2016 and getting my first and only tattoo afterwards.

theladyiscrazy 2014-03-22 20:47:07 -0500 Report

I find myself cooking and consuming more "whole foods" (I guess that is what it is called nowadays). I don't eat a lot of "convenience foods" unless it is something I have put together over a weekend, for example, for meals during the week. LOL. So, lots of veggies, some fruits, some grains but not the prepackaged type, and proteins. OH, and good fats (although some would argue on my choices in this category).

haoleboy 2014-03-22 20:55:18 -0500 Report

Single ingredient, whole foods … exactly.
I never eat out and almost never eat packaged foods (I would say never, but some may have slipped past me). Not just healthier but I have found much cheaper.
Fats are not necessarily the villains that they are sometimes made out to be.

JaredLahti 2014-03-23 06:53:00 -0500 Report

I have reduced both of those but every once in a while we go out. I have a few packaged foods that I absolutely love like my fiber one brownies.

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