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What’s So Good About the Glycemic Index?


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


  • 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
Nutrition Works LLC
Morristown, NJ, USA

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

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