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A good guide to good carbs: The glycemic index
Picking good sources of carbs can help you control your blood sugar and your weight. Eating healthier carbohydrate-rich foods can also help ward off a host of chronic conditions, from heart disease to various cancers, and diabetes.
One way to choose healthy carbs is with the glycemic index (GI). This tool measures how much a food boosts blood sugar. Using the glycemic index is easy: choose foods in the low GI category instead of those in the high GI category, and go easy on those in between.
- Low glycemic index (GI of 55 or less): Most fruits and vegetables, beans, minimally processed grains, pasta, low-fat dairy foods, and nuts.
- Moderate glycemic index (GI 56 to 69): White and sweet potatoes, corn, white rice, couscous, breakfast cereals such as Cream of Wheat and Mini Wheats.
- High glycemic index (GI of 70 or higher): White bread, rice cakes, most crackers, bagels, cakes, doughnuts, croissants, most packaged breakfast cereals.
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