Okay, if Mother and I were having a conversation about one’s glycemic index or GI, we would have a problem. I never truly understood what it meant, even when my older brother shared information about his and the kinds of foods he consumes. My older brother looks terrific! He appears much younger than his age and that has to do with watching his GI. Yet, I still did not catch on, until recently about how wheat affects one’s GI.
Nutritionists established the fact that wheat increases blood sugar more profoundly than table sugar thirty years ago. The glycemic index or the GI is the nutritionist’s measure of how much blood sugar levels increase in the 90 to 120 minutes after a food is consumed. By this measure, the whole wheat bread has a GI of 72, while plain table sugar has a GI of 59. In contrast, kidney beans has a GI of 51, grapefruit comes in at 25, while noncarbohydrate foods such as salmon and walnuts have GIs of essentially zero. Eating these foods has no effect on blood sugar. In fact, with few exceptions, few foods have as high a GI as foods made from wheat.
Now, with a few exceptions, the only other foods that have GIs as high as wheat products are pulverized starches, such as cornstarch, rice starch, potato starch, and tapioca starch. It is worth noting that these are the very same carbohydrates often used to make ‘gluten-free’ food.
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