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Four factors that increase glycemic index
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Glycemic index, that is how much does a given amount of food raise blood sugar, is affected by several factors according to Roberts (2000).
Factors that increase glycemic index include when a food contains:
(1) a higher refined carbohydrate content,
(2) a high glucose and/or starch content relative to lactose, sucrose and fructose, or
(3) a low soluble fibre content, and
(4) when their texture is soft, overcooked, highly processed or over-ripened.
Roberts S. High-glycemic index foods, hunger, and obesity: is there a connection? Nutr Rev. 2000 Jun, 58(6):163-69.
Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging
Boston, Massachusetts 02111
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