However there are a few foods out there that we assume to be healthy but have a shockingly high GI’s. Foods that you are probably eating but you may want to reconsider?!
Instant Oatmeal (85)
Foods with a high GI metabolize quickly when eaten and thus release larger volumes of glucose into your blood. Your body goes into combat mode when this happens and releases a higher amount of insulin into your bloodstream to “duke-it-out” with all that glucose.
These high insulin spikes can be associated with weight gain, increasing your risk of type 2 diabetes and other degenerative diseases, as well as inhibiting your insulin sensitivity.
Foods with low GI's on the other hand have the completely opposite result. When consumed they are digested slowly, glucose is released into the bloodstream slower, and your insulin secretion is less (a good thing).
This slower glucose response has many health benefits associated with it when compared it eating foods with high GI’s. If you want a more in-depth look the the Glycemic Index and how it can affect your health, go here!
The basic GI ranges are as followed:
Foods that rank over 70 are considered high GI
Foods between 56-69 are considered medium GI
Foods below 55 are considered low GI
You want to focus on consuming foods that fall in the low to medium GI range. This will improve your metabolic markers and help manage your overall health.
With all this being said there are a few foods out there that have shockingly high GI’s. Most of us know that sugar (61), white bread (71), a white potato (85), and waffles (76) have high GI’s but there are some foods that may catch you off guard.
Here are five foods (and a few bonuses) that you may think are good to eat but have shockingly high GI values:
Brown Rice Pasta (92)
Plain Microwave Popcorn (79)
Corn Flakes (81)
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