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What Is the Glycemic Index for Acorn Squash?

What Is the Glycemic Index for Acorn Squash?
A rapid rise in blood sugar causes the release of insulin. Photo Credit Ju-Lee/iStock/Getty Images

The glycemic index is a system that gives a numeric value of 0 to 100 to foods based on their effect on blood sugar. Foods that cause a rapid rise in blood sugar are assigned a higher value. Some people with diabetes use the glycemic index instead of counting carbohydrates. Individuals following a low-glycemic diet for weight loss use it to plan their meals. The goal of this type of diet is to stick with foods that cause a low-to-moderate increase in blood glucose.

GI Value of Acorn Squash

Acorn squash is a type of winter squash with green skin and orange flesh. It is commonly prepared with other seasonal ingredients and enjoyed for its nutty, buttery flavor. Acorn squash is a high-glycemic food. One-half cup of acorn squash has a GI of 75. This is close to the glycemic index of a white potato. The glycemic index ranks food with a GI of 55 or less as low, and 70 and above as high.

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