Glycemic Index

The Glycemic Index Explained

Wondering what the heck “low GI” or “low glycemic” means?

Well, it’s NOT just a term used for diabetics to control their blood sugar. It’s a new way of thinking about food.  The scientifically validated path to enhanced energy, less inflammation, better mental focus and athletic performance. Low glycemic helps you take a step away from the slippery slope of a blood sugar spike, the inevitable crash and the craving sensation that follows.  Managing your blood sugar level is beneficial for sustained energy, maintaining a healthy weight and blood sugar management.   Now that you know the basics, here’s the science behind low GI!

The Official Explanation

The glycemic index was developed in 1981 by David A. Jenkins and his team at the University of Toronto. It ranks carbohydrate-containing foods on a scale that gauges the extent to which the foods raise blood sugar levels within two hours of being eaten. The scale ranges from 0 to 100, where foods with a high GI cause a rapid spike in blood sugar and foods with a low GI are digested more slowly, creating a gradual, more sustained and balanced rise in blood sugar level.

To understand the low-glycemic diet, one needs to understand the way that carbohydrates affect blood sugar — and that not all carbs are created equal. The glycemic index measures the speed at which a food breaks down in the body to form glucose, which in turn enters the blood stream to feed every cell in your body. The index is scored on a scale of 100, with 100 representing pure glucose. Foods that are broken down quickly into glucose get a high score (usually over 70) and foods that are slow to break down get a low score (under 55).

The Glycemic Index is Divided into 4 groups:

  • GI of 70 or greater High GI
  • GI of 56-69 Moderate GI
  • GI of 36-55 Low GI
  • GI of 35 or less

Here are the GI values of many common foods.

The glycemic index values of SoLo Bars, as tested by GI Laboratories, are as follows:

Flavour

Glycemic Index

Glycemic Load

Peanut Power

27

5.4

Chocolate Charger

28

6.2

Lemon Lift

29

6.2

Dark Chocolate Mandarin

30

7.2

Pineapple Coconut

29

6.4

Apple Cinnamon Quinoa

35

8.4

Dark Chocolate Almond

31

6.5

Mocha Fudge

32

6.7

Another measure of how a carbohydrate affects your blood sugar level is known as the glycemic load.  The glycemic load (GL) combines both the quality of the carbohydrate and the quantity of the carbohydrate into one number.  The GL is the best way to predict blood glucose levels of different types and amounts of food, as it takes the amount of carbohydrate in a food and adjusts it based on its glycemic potency.

To calculate the glycemic load of a food, use the following formula.

GL = (GI x amount of carbohydrate) ÷ 100

The glycemic loads of SoLo Bars can be found in the chart above.

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