close
Advertisement
Magazine
 

What is Glycaemic Load and How Is It Calculated?

When reading about GI eating plans, you may come across the term ‘glycaemic load’ or GL. Find out what that means.

What is Glycaemic Load and How Is It Calculated?
iStock

When reading about GI eating plans, you may come across the term ‘glycaemic load’ or GL.

This is a measurement that takes into account both the quality of carbohydrate (its GI) in a food and the quantity.

To get a bit technical, a food’s GL is the GI multiplied by the amount of carbohydrate in one serving divided by 100.

You can think of GL as the amount of carbohydrate in a food ‘adjusted’ for its glycaemic potency.

Although the GL concept is useful in scientific research, it’s the GI that’s proven to be most helpful to people day to day.

Emphasis on GL could lead to an unhealthy diet that is too high in saturated fat since the fattiest foods have the lowest GL values.

If you choose low-GI foods – at least one at each meal – chances are you’re eating a diet that not only keeps blood glucose within the healthy range, but contains balanced amounts of carbohydrates, fats and proteins.



9 Month-Long Weight Loss Challenges You Can Ace
The 10 Fad Diets Experts Say Will Die This Year
Need To Lose Weight? Start With Butter In Your Coffee

Need Help To Lose Weight? Start With Butter In Your Coffee

It may sound strange - and downright disgusting - but wellness experts are singing the praises of this buttery beverage.

15 Hilarious Weight Loss Stories That Everyone Can Relate To

15 Funny Weight Loss Stories That We've All Been Through

Losing weight can be a challenge. But everyone goes through the same things.
How To Beat The New Year Belly Bloat Factor

6 Ways To Beat New Year Belly Bloat

After a season of indulgence, many of us feel overstuffed. Take these simple steps to help banish your bloat.

Advertisement