Glycemic Loads

By Vicrgreen Latest Reply 2009-07-22 09:52:22 -0500
Started 2009-07-22 05:38:31 -0500

I had read a lot about the Glycemic Index, more in terms of weight control than Blood Sugar control because I've always been heavy but only recently became diabetic.

Now, I have read about Glycemic Loads, and how that is a better way to figure which foods to avoid than the GI is.

Here is a website with more info about this subject:

6 replies

John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-07-22 09:35:16 -0500 Report

We don't strictly adhere to Glycemic Index or Glycemic Load. But we do use it as a way to identify trouble foods to stay away from. And also to understand why some foods that seem like they maybe ought to be "bad" turn out to be fine—like watermelon for instance.

kdroberts 2009-07-22 09:52:22 -0500 Report

Watermelon is the classic example of the shortcomings of the glycemic index and the strengths of the glycemic load. It's GI value is bad but its GL index is good. The GI value is based on eating something like 2 pounds of the stuff which is about 6 cups or so!

kdroberts 2009-07-22 07:41:40 -0500 Report

Yep, GL is good because it takes portion size into consideration which the GI doesn't. I honestly don't find either helps with my blood sugar control but a lot of people have good luck with them.

Vicrgreen 2009-07-22 05:39:48 -0500 Report

I stopped to soon. I meant to ask if anyone else is familiar with Glycemic Loads and if you are using that information to help with BG control?