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What’s So Good About the Glycemic Index?

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Presented to the Rocky Mountain Association of Diabetes Educators — Diabetes Education Society Educational Conference, Denver, Colorado (April 11, 2008).

Highlights:

  • The glycemic index measures how quickly digested carbohydrates “hit” the bloodstream.
  • “Tricklers” are slowly digested carbs that release a small amount of glucose into the bloodstream over an extended period of time.
  • “Gushers” are quickly digested carbs that cause a rapid, accelerated rise in blood glucose levels.
  • Numerous studies have clearly shown health benefits from a low GI/GL lifestyle.
  • Switching to a low GI/GL lifestyle is doable and effective.

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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

Expert in individualized, low-glycemic index (low GI) meal planning.

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