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    Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load: Traditional Foods (Australian)


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    Friday, August 20, 2004 1:06 am Email this article
    Below is a table with the glycemic index and glycemic loads of traditional foods from Australia.

    High glycemic index foods increase calorie intake by 50 to 80 percent when compared to medium- and low-glycemic index foods according to one study.

    Low glycemic index foods reduce calorie intake and are associated with lower body weights.

    Some researchers believe that low-carbohydrate diets work because they are low glycemic index and low glycemic load foods.

    Glycemic index is how quickly a given amount of food raises blood sugar levels relative to pure glucose (blood sugar).

    Glycemic load is a ranking of how much a standard serving of food raises your blood sugar. Glycemic load is calculated by multiplying the amount of carbohydrate in a food by the glycemic index and dividing by 100. Glycemic load of a food is a better tool than the glycemic index value of a food when evaluating the foods you eat.

    A more complete description of glycemic index and glycemic load can be found here.

         

    Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load of Traditional Foods of Ethnic Groups

     
    INDIGENOUS OR TRADITIONAL FOODS OF DIFFERENT ETHNIC GROUPS
    Glycemic
      Index
    Glycemic
        Load
       
    Serving
      size
    Available
      carbohydrate
     
    (Glucose = 100)
    (per serving)
    grams
    grams per serving
    Australian aboriginal
        714 Acacia aneura, mulga seed, roasted, wet ground to paste
        8
    1
     50
    17
        715 Acacia coriacea, desert oak, seed bread
       46
    11
    75
    24
        716 Araucaria bidwillii, bunya tree nut, baked 10 min
       47
    7
     50
    16
        717 Bush honey, sugar bag
       43
    11
    30
    25
        718 Castanospermum australe, blackbean seed, sliced, soaked 1 wk, pounded and baked
        8
    1
     50
    9
        719 Dioscorea bulbifera, cheeky yam, peeled, sliced, soaked 2 d, baked 15 min
       34
    12
    150
    36
        720 Macrozamia communis, cycad palm seed, sliced, soaked 1 wk, pounded, baked
     40 ± 2
    10
     50
    25

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