What’s the Deal With the Glycemic Index?

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Low-GI Foods (55 or less)
Rolled-oat oatmeal (55)
Orange (43)
Chocolate (40)
Milk (39)
Boiled carrots (39)
Apple (36)
Lentils (32)

If you don’t want to constantly check the GI scale, here’s an easy way to meal-plan: Jarosh and Clarke suggest filling your half your plate with vegetables, one-quarter with less-processed carbs (think: whole grains, beans, fruit, and starchy vegetables), and one-quarter with protein. “This helps keep blood sugar levels and energy stable without having to do any mealtime math.”

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