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Do you consider the glycemic index of foods in your meal planning?

 
     

Yes, always

 
 

9%

 

61

 
     

Yes, sometimes

 
 

21%

 

140

 
     

No

 
 

32%

 

218

 
     

I've never heard of the glycemic index

 
 

36%

 

245

 
 

Do you consider the glycemic index of foods in your meal planning?

Poll dates: January 20 - 27, 2002
Total Votes: 664

The glycemic index is a measure of how much a food increases blood sugar after eaten. For example, some people find that a food raisess their blood sugar more than another food, even though the two foods have the same carbohydrate content. The food that causes the larger increase is said to have a higher glycemic index.

While many people find the glycemic index helpful in their meal planning, a study published in 1999, entitled Carbohydrate Counting Works Regardless of Amount of Carbohyrdate Eaten, found that the glycemic index of foods did not affect pre-meal insulin requirements. Furthermore, new ADA guidelines on diabetes and nutrition discount the effect of the glycemic index on diabetes control:

Although low glycemic index diets may reduce postprandial glycemia, the ability of individuals to maintain these diets long-term (and therefore achieve glycemic benefit) has not been established. The available studies in persons with type 1 diabetes in which low glycemic index diets were compared with high glycemic index diets (study length from 12 days to 6 weeks) do not provide convincing evidence of benefit.1

This table compares the results of this poll with an identical poll conducted in January 2000:

Answer  2002   2000 
Yes, always 9% 12%
Yes, sometimes 21% 17%
No 32% 22%
Not heard of glycemic index 36% 47%

For more information, see The Glycemic Index by Rick Mendosa.

1Evidence-Based Nutrition Principles and Recommendations for the Treatment and Prevention of Diabetes and Related Complications, Diabetes Care 25:202-212, 2002

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