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glycemic index


noun

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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Science definitions for glycemic index

glycemic index

[ glī-sēmĭk ]

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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