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    Old 05-21-2001, 06:58 PM   #1
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    Question Popcorn, a nite snack

    During the weekends I have been eating popcorn with lite butter. I have noticed that before I eat the popcorn my #'s are in the 100 range. About an hour after I eat the popcorn my numbers go up to around 185-200. Does anyone know what would make my numbers jump like that? I thought that popcorn was a mediam to low glycemic food. This does not seem to be the case. Any help will be appreciated.
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    Old 05-21-2001, 09:55 PM   #2
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    Popcorn is moderate to high on the glycemic index. It has a GI of 55 on the index that places glucose at 100. Sweet corn also has a GI of 55. Table sugar is sucrose and has a GI of 65 on this index. Most all types of grains are moderate to high to very high on the glycemic index.

    If you would use real butter instead of lite butter, you would likely get a lower bloodsugar reading since fats tend to slow down the digestion of carbohydrates.

    The GI is just a measure of how quickly your bloodsugar rises. If you are Type I diabetic, you still need to be concerned with the total amount of carbohydrate consumed. On average, you get about a 5 point rise in bloodsugar for every gram of carbohydrate that you consume if you do not produce or inject insulin to counteract it.

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