What is the Glycemic Index?

Carbohydrate is an essential part of our diets, but not all carbohydrate foods are equal. The Glycemic Index (GI) is a relative ranking of carbohydrate in foods according to how they affect blood glucose levels. Carbohydrates with a low GI value (55 or less) are more slowly digested, absorbed and metabolised and cause a lower and slower rise in blood glucose and, therefore usually, insulin levels.

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There are three ratings for GI:

Low = GI value 55 or less

Medium = GI value of 56 – 69 inclusive

High = GI 70 or more

A low GI diet is not a fad diet but a way of eating that is sustainable in the long term and backed by over 30 years of scientific evidence. This includes facilitating the management of diabetes, weight loss and weight loss management and reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, diabetes complications and other chronic lifestyle diseases.  In fact a low GI diet provides health benefits for everybody across all stages of life.

To get you started we have developed a Low GI Shopping List. Remember to look out for the GI Symbol on products – Making healthier choices easy.

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