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


Yes, always






Yes, sometimes












I've never heard of the glycemic index






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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