Is it Time to Reduce Your Glycemic Index?

Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Outreach Director


I often must ask myself, “am I eating too much sugar or poor-quality carbs?” The holidays are our excuse to often ignore this question. But a recent study is creating more conviction on my part.

A study in The New England Journal of Medicine found that individuals who had a diet with a higher glycemic index were more likely to suffer from all-cause mortality and major cardiovascular events like cardiovascular death, stroke, nonfatal myocardial infarction or heart failure, compared with those who had a diet with a lower glycemic index. The study noted that diets with a high glycemic index usually feature foods with poor-quality carbohydrates such as potatoes and refined grains, while diets with a low glycemic index usually feature foods with good-quality carbohydrates like vegetables, fruits and whole grains.

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