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Comprehensive list of foods with their glycemic index values. In general, the higher the glycemic index, the higher the chance of sugar rush and crash, leading to overeating, weight gain, and increased risk of insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and obesity.

Insulin resistance causes weight gain

It is important to realize that insulin resistance that affects up to 71 percent of the population in the United States and similar percent of the population in many countries, leads to weight gain and obesity, and not otherway around.

Obesity and insulin resistance

The popular notion that obesity is the cause of insulin resistance is recently disproven and it now is recognized that obesity is a result of the underlying metabolic process caled insulin resistance in most people.

A diet low in glycemic index or glycemic load, with adequate protein, and fiber can help reduce the risk of excess weight gain by reducinginsulin resistance.

The glycemic index is classified in to Low GI or Glycemic Index, medium GI, and high GI based on the glycemic index of foods.

  • Low glycemic index foods have a GI value of 55 or less
  • Medium glycemic Index foods have a GI value of between 56 - 69
  • High glycemic Index foods have a GI value of 70 or more

How do they determine the glycemic index of foods?

The glycemic index is a number obtained by monitoring a persons blood sugar after eating the food which in turn signifies how much of the anabolic(body building) hormone, insulin, is needed to utilize the carbohydrate and how quickly does the body has to produce this hormone called insulin.

Glycemic index of foods by name

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Glycemic index of Foods Starting With Letter Y

Description of food item Glycemic Index
Yam, Puerto Rican (Name), cooked 37.0
Yellow rice, cooked, regular, fat added in cooking 64.0
Yellow rice, cooked, regular, fat not added in cooking 64.0
Yellow rice, cooked, regular, NS as to fat added in cooking 64.0
Yogurt dressing 50.0
Yogurt, chocolate, nonfat milk 32.0
Yogurt, chocolate, NS as to type of milk 33.0
Yogurt, frozen, chocolate, lowfat milk 50.0
Yogurt, frozen, chocolate, nonfat milk 50.0
Yogurt, frozen, chocolate, nonfat milk, with low-calorie sweetener 50.0
Yogurt, frozen, chocolate, NS as to type of milk 50.0
Yogurt, frozen, chocolate, whole milk 50.0
Yogurt, frozen, flavors other than chocolate, lowfat milk 50.0
Yogurt, frozen, flavors other than chocolate, nonfat milk 50.0
Yogurt, frozen, flavors other than chocolate, nonfat milk, with low-calorie sweetener 50.0
Yogurt, frozen, flavors other than chocolate, NS as to type of milk 50.0
Yogurt, frozen, flavors other than chocolate, whole milk 50.0
Yogurt, frozen, flavors other than chocolate, with sorbet or sorbet-coated 50.0
Yogurt, frozen, NS as to flavor, lowfat milk 50.0
Yogurt, frozen, NS as to flavor, nonfat milk 50.0
Yogurt, frozen, NS as to flavor, NS as to type of milk 50.0
Yogurt, fruit variety, lowfat milk 31.0
Yogurt, fruit variety, nonfat milk 32.0
Yogurt, fruit variety, nonfat milk, sweetened with low-calorie sweetener 19.0
Yogurt, fruit variety, NS as to type of milk 33.0
Yogurt, fruit variety, whole milk 33.0
Yogurt, NS as to type of milk or flavor 33.0
Yogurt, plain, lowfat milk 36.0
Yogurt, plain, nonfat milk 36.0
Yogurt, plain, NS as to type of milk 31.5
Yogurt, plain, whole milk 36.0
Yogurt, vanilla, lemon, maple, or coffee flavor, lowfat milk 27.0
Yogurt, vanilla, lemon, maple, or coffee flavor, nonfat milk 32.0
Yogurt, vanilla, lemon, maple, or coffee flavor, nonfat milk, sweetened with low calorie sweetener 19.0
Yogurt, vanilla, lemon, or coffee flavor, NS as to type of milk 27.0
Yogurt, vanilla, lemon, or coffee flavor, whole milk 27.0

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