Is There A Difference Between Glycemic Index & Glycemic Load?
The two terms are closely related, but refer to different aspects of how carbohydrates are digested. The glycemic index is a system of ranking foods depending upon how quickly they are digested and released into the blood as glucose (sugar).
Glycemic load goes one step farther and multiplies the food’s glycemic index number by the food’s carbohydrate content.
More often than not, a high glycemic index food will also have a high glycemic load, but there are some exceptions. Carrots & watermelon have a high index number, but the load is low.
Foods that are digested and turned into blood sugar cause a rapid spike in energy, often followed by fatigue, weakness or irritability. Foods with complex carbohydrates that have a low glycemic index number are digested more slowly and therefore provide a steadier, more constant source of energy.
Liz Davis is a Pole Walking Instructor who writes about simple ways to stay healthy and slow down the aging process.
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