Glycemic Index

Glycemic Index (GI) and Carbohydrates

  • indicates how fast and how high a given food raises blood sugar. 
  • It applies only to carbohydrates, which are sugars or starches.

Not all carbohydrates are created equal; in fact they behave quite differently in our bodies. The glycemic index, or GI, describes this difference by ranking carbohydrates according to their effect on our blood glucose levels. Low GI carbohydrates produce only small fluctuations in our blood glucose and insulin levels.  Selecting low GI carbohydrates is the secret to long-term health, reducing your risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Glycemic Index

Canine Caviar Single Protein Single Complex Carbohydrate formulas use only low Glycemic Index carbohydrates. We use pearl millet or brown rice for beneficial grain formulas and split pea or chickpea for grain free formulas. Unlike most pet foods, Canine Caviar uses one complex carbohydrate in each formula, which is a true low carb dog food diet. Canine Caviar does not use simple carbs, like potato or tapioca, as they are high in starch, spike the glycemic index and may lead to diabetes.

You cannot guess at a food’s glycemic index. For example, you might think table sugar has a high glycemic index, but it actually has a medium value. On the other hand, a baked potato has a high glycemic index.  The only way to know a food’s glycemic index is to look it up on a chart with such values. These charts are in nutrition books and on the Web.

Go easy on foods with a high glycemic index. Since these foods raise blood sugar to high levels shortly after eating them, the body has to release large amounts of insulin to keep blood sugar in the normal range. Foods with high indexes cause peaks and valleys in blood sugar.  High fluctuations in blood sugar are detrimental to health.

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