What does GI mean?
The GI scale ranges from 0 to 100.
- Lower numbers represent a low GI food
- Higher numbers represent a high GI food
Foods with a high GI are quickly broken down and absorbed by the body and result in a rapid rise in blood sugar levels.
Low GI foods are broken down and absorbed more slowly into the blood stream. They result in a steady rise in blood sugar and insulin levels.
Eating low GI foods may:
- help to keep hunger at bay for longer after eating
- provide a gradual, continuous supply of energy from one meal to the next
- help to keep blood sugar levels stable in those with diabetes, by providing a slower, more sustained release of sugar into the bloodstream