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A recent study suggests that glycemic index has limited utility as a tool to predict how a food affects blood sugar levels. Experts have concluded that glycemic index values are unlikely to be useful in guiding food choices.

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High Variability Suggests Glycemic Index Is Unreliable Indicator of Blood Sugar Response

The glycemic index of a given food, a value that aims to quantify how fast blood sugar rises after that food is consumed, can vary by an average of 20% within an individual and 25% among individuals, report scientists from the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts University in Boston.

In randomized, controlled, repeated tests involving 63 healthy adults, researchers found that individual blood sugar responses after consuming a fixed amount of white bread could range across all three glycemic index categories (low, medium, or high). Part of this variability could be attributed to insulin index and baseline HbA1c levels, which reflect long-term glucose control—evidence that glycemic index values are influenced by an individual’s metabolic responses to food.

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GSA Conference Preview
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