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What Is the Glycemic Index of Basmati Rice?

| By Dr. Peter Nickless
What Is the Glycemic Index of Basmati Rice?
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The glycemic index is a measure of how your body handles sugar. Foods are given a score as to how they compare to glucose. Glucose has a score of 100. High-glycemic foods, such as white bread, will have a score of 70 and above. Medium-glycemic foods, such as raisins, will have a score of 56-69. Low-glycemic foods, such as peanuts, will have a glycemic index of 55 or lower. Over time, the consumption of high-glycemic foods with a value over 70 will reduce your ability to control blood sugar and may lead to conditions, such as diabetes. It is best to limit the consumption of foods that have a glycemic index over 70.

The Glycemic Index of Rice

The different varieties of rice will have different glycemic index ratings. White rice has a glycemic index of 79, which makes it a high-glycemic index food. Brown rice has a glycemic index of 55, making it a low-glycemic index food. Basmati rice is 52 making it also a low-glycemic food.

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author image Dr. Peter Nickless
Dr. Peter Nickless has been a chiropractor and Nutritional Counselor for 13 years specializing in sports nutrition and sport related injuries. He received a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, a Master's degree in human nutrition and has a Certified Nutrition Specialist CNS designation. In addition to clinical experience, Dr. Nickless has been an educator and administrator at the undergraduate and graduate levels for the past five years.
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