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The glycaemic index explained

Pat Phillips, Melissa Carapetis, Connie Stanton

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Abstract

This, the first in a series on nutrition notes, discusses how knowledge of the glycaemic index of foods can help in the management of diabetes.

Article Extract

The glycaemic index (GI) is promoted as a guide to carbohydrate choice and offers a physiologically-based scale rather than the previous general categories such as simple or complex carbohydrates. This article reviews the potential value of the GI concept and its limitations in practice.

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