What is Glycemic Load?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2010-08-14 08:07:32 -0500
Started 2010-08-13 21:08:39 -0500

Glycemic Load is the application of the glycemic index to a standard serving of food.

Remember, the glycemic index (GI) of a food is not based on commonly consumed portion-sizes of foods. Instead, GI is measured by giving volunteers a portion size sufficient to contain 50g of useable carbs.

Therefore the portion size of each GI-tested food will vary according to how much carbohydrate it contains. For example, carrots contain only about 7 percent carbs, so the test-portion of carrots eaten by the test-volunteer will be huge - about 1.5 pounds. Serving sizes of foods (like bread) which contain a higher percentage of carbs, will be smaller.



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runthe 2010-08-14 07:40:36 -0500 Report

Thanks Mays for the information. You always come up some very infomative information. I feel that if it was'nt for the info that you give out. I will be somewhat lost. Thanks and keep it coming.

MAYS 2010-08-14 08:07:32 -0500 Report

Runthe, thank you.

The credit for this one belongs to kdroberts, he responded to a discussion that I posted about the glycemic index and mentioned the glycemic load, so I felt obligated to show the "other side of the coin" as they say.
I hope that this information can and will be helpful to you and others.
As always, thank you for viewing and commenting!


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