Take control of your health through your diet by understanding what the glycemic index is and which foods have the best index rating.

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Following a low-glycemic index diet has been shown to have a positive impact on cardiovascular risk, weight control and type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

The glycemic index is used to measure carbohydrate-containing foods for how slowly or quickly they raise blood sugar levels. Foods with a low GI ranking slowly raise blood glucose levels, compared to those with a high GI ranking that raise blood sugar levels faster.

The system ranks low GI as foods under a 55 rating. Medium GI foods are between a 56 and 69 rating and high GI foods have a rating of 70 or more.

Since they do not have carbohydrates, meats and fats are not ranked on the GI.

If you do eat a high GI foods, be sure to balance it with a low GI product.