2/16/2019 9:56:18 AM
The glycemic load (GL) is a figure that estimates how much a given food will raise a person's blood glucose level after eating it.
Glycemic load was developed by scientists from Harvard University to fine tune the glycemic index and is calculated by multiplying the foods carbohydrate content (less the fibre) by the foods Glycemic index and dividing by 100.
Why does it matter to me?
Eating high glycemic load foods for lunch at work will contribute to the 'afternoon slump' feeling.
Uncontrolled blood sugar levels that are too high, lead to many health problems including damage to the heart, kidneys and eyes.
It helps people with diabetes assess which foods are optimum for maintaining safe blood glucose levels.
A low glycemic load diet has been shown to help with acne - see link below.
What should my glycemic load be?
The University of Sydney defines low, medium and high glycemic loads as:
What if I want to monitor my daily glycemic load?
On checkyourfood.com we have calculated the glycemic load figures using the standard calculation from the glycemic index of an ingredient. The Glycemic index figures have come from a comparison of figures from the Montignac method, www.glycemicindex.com, the EU Diogenes project and the American Diabetes Association.
We recommend that if you feel you are at risk from high blood glucose levels, you consult a medical expert and then set your own RDA (daily amount) in your account settings.
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