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glycemic index

noun
1.
a system that ranks foods by the speeds at which their carbohydrates are converted into glucose in the body; a measure of the effects of foods on blood-sugar levels.
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  • Experts debate the importance of the glycemic index in controlling blood sugar.
  • Nutritionists refer to such foods as having a high glycemic index.
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glycaemic index

noun
1.
an index indicating the effects of various foods on blood sugar. Fast-releasing foods that raise blood sugar levels quickly are high on the index, while slow-releasing foods, at the bottom of the index, give a slow but sustained release of sugar GI
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glycemic index
  (glī-cē'mĭk)   
A numerical index given to a carbohydrate-rich food that is based on the average increase in blood glucose levels occurring after the food is eaten.
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