The Glycemic Index Explained
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Putting the glycemic index into practice
Chocolate is not a good swap for carrots!
Low GI, high GL, swapping rice for sweet potato... All of these figures and rankings can seem a little confusing at first. It's important to remember that GI and GL are simply tools to use for controlling your blood sugar levels and carbohydrate intake.
Try our tips for some simple ways to make the switch to low GI foods:
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This article was compiled in consultation with CalorieKing.com.au experts and in reference to the following sources:
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Last updated: November 3rd, 2005
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