What is 'GI' and a List of Common Foods
08-30-2007 12:22 AM
A more accurate GI system
Although the GI system is an ideal source for seeing how certain foods affect your blood sugar, there is a more accurate version called the GLYCEMIC LOAD, which isnt anything too different, just that its done with more realistic serving sizes pending on the food. The results are different, and my opinion a little more accurate. Its fairly new.
09-02-2007 03:10 AM
This is a good post, but it seems like the GIs for grains are higher then anything I've read before.
12-18-2007 02:57 AM
The information about GI is so helpful.Thank you.
06-01-2008 11:15 PM
06-05-2008 07:08 PM
I agree. I checked several other websites, including the official glycemic index website, and the values listed there are much lower than the ones listed in this thread.
Originally Posted by doggzj
06-15-2008 07:21 PM
07-08-2008 11:46 AM
I found a pretty good way to explain GI to a neophyte...
Think of your body as a grocery store. Milk is glucose, muscles are the dairy department, fat is the meat department, and insulin is the stock boys.
A milk truck comes in that has a bad refrigeration and the driver is in a hurry, so it must be unloaded immediately (high GI). The manager calls up all the extra stock boys, and they start moving milk as fast as they can. If its a normal day, demand for milk is not all that great, so the dairy dept. fills up quickly. Then, they decide to put some milk over in meat, and pull from there later.
Now, if the demand for milk is huge that day (post workout), the stock boys keep feeding the dairy department. In fact, the manager decides to make room for some more milk, due to the high demand.
If the truck is functioning, and the driver is in no hurry to unload (low GI), then the manager only calls one or two stock boys, and they load milk into the dairy department. They might have to put a couple gallons in the meat department, but for the most part, they just replace milk that has been bought by customers.
Yeah, not perfect, but I finally got my wife to grasp GI.
07-27-2008 04:16 PM
Glycemic load is more appropriate.
08-01-2008 10:55 AM
I am new so thanks for the info.
08-18-2008 05:27 PM
So basically, I should incorporate as many low GI foods in my daily diet as possible?
09-30-2008 11:38 PM
Hey, great post. One thing I have noticed about this list: the high GI foods seem to be much more palatable than the low GI ones. Like many other people on AM, I like to eat, a lot. But things like bagels and gatorade now appear worse than pure dextrose, so I'm not quite sure how to proceed.
Rice bran has nearly as much fiber as carb, and I want people to see my progress, not smell it.
With this in mind, I will pick out a few selections from each list that appear reasonably palatable and have a GI under 75...
Mixed grain bread 64
Cake, banana loaf 67
Cake, sponge 66
Rice, instant, boiled for 1 min. 65
Apricots, dried 44
Spaghetti, white 59
From this list, apricots look like a winner. 3 apricots contain: Total Carbohydrate 11g, Dietary Fiber 1g.
I don't claim to be a nutrition expert, but apricots seem to pop out from this list as a food that is relatively low GI, and have a relatively low risk of causing gastrointestinal (the other GI) discomfort.
That said, I will pick up some dried apricots next time I am at the health food store. Does anyone else have suggestions for low GI foods that taste good and don't have too much fiber?
10-22-2008 09:31 AM
12-03-2008 06:06 PM
so for instance with pancakes, is whole/mixed grain(pancake mix) less GI than white pancake mix?
12-05-2008 04:54 PM
awesome post, thanks for the info!
01-28-2009 05:25 PM
04-19-2009 09:42 AM
07-18-2010 07:06 PM
Anyone know the GI of brown rice syrup????
08-03-2010 12:39 PM
Good read. Well worth a sticky.
09-18-2010 04:27 AM
...other than post workout, YES!
Originally Posted by johnegq22
01-30-2011 06:56 AM
this is great, bc I always was confused by GI's.. but I don't exactly understand how I can implement this in my diet..
morning meals "banana to kickstart things" then sweet potatoes as my complex carbs.
after workout: maltodextrin, and dextrose for insulin spike. and no carbs after about 4-5 o'clock "while dieting". That's basically a breakdown of the carbs in my diet "I am meticulous about measurements but that doesn't apply here" so how would knowing this help? simple carbs hit your system fast in the morning, complex carbs throughout the day, and simple carbs post workout- isn't that enough info??
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