A food’s glycemic index (GI) is assigned based on how fast those foods cause blood glucose levels to rise. High blood sugar levels are toxic and symptomatic of diabetes if they persist. They also contribute to serious health issues like kidney failure, blindness and cardiovascular problems.
By selecting foods with a low glycemic index that release glucose gradually, you can prevent blood sugar spikes and the resulting release of insulin that prompts your body to create and then deposit fat. This can help with weight loss and diabetes management.
On the other hand, foods with a high glycemic index spike your blood sugar. This can be helpful if you need to gain weight or need help recovering your energy after strenuous exercise, like running a marathon, for example.
So that you can make food choices that support your weight goals, here’s a table of common vegan foods and their glycemic index relative to pure glucose that has a GI of 100.
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