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Gushers and Tricklers: Practical Use of the Glycemic Index

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Presented to the American Diabetes Association 21st Annual Southern Regional Conference: Marco Island, Florida (May 26, 2006).

Highlights:

  • There are many factors that influence carbohydrate ranking on the glycemic index.
  • Several chemical and physical properties of carbohydrates, as well as human physiology and biochemistry, impact on the digestibility of all carbohydrate-containing foods.
  • Small changes in carbohydrate choices within a meal will affect the GI/GL of that meal.

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Gushers vs Tricklers


"Gushers" are quickly-digested carbohydrates that cause a rapid rise in blood glucose and fuel appetite.

"Tricklers" are slowly-digested carbohydrates that are gradually released into the bloodstream and sustain satiety. These are the good carbs.


Johanna Burani
MS, RD, CDE
Nutrition Works LLC
Morristown, NJ, USA

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