Low GI: A Low Priority?

I’m not sure exactly when “Low GI” really caught on in the world of fad diets. The theory itself was developed 30 years ago, and has been the basis of many very popular diets such as Atkins, South Beach, and the Zone. But is a high GI rating really a high dietary risk?

The glycemic index (GI) is a measure of how quickly and significantly a food can raise blood sugar. The index dates back to 1981, when it was created as a proposed management tool for diabetics. Though the relationship between GI levels and health problems has been widely researched, there is still much debate in the academic world as to how closely linked a high GI diet is to obesity and lifestyle diseases. Continue reading