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What Is the Glycemic Index for Acorn Squash?

author image Janet Renee, MS, RD
Janet Renee is a clinical dietitian with a special interest in weight management, sports dietetics, medical nutrition therapy and diet trends. She earned her Master of Science in nutrition from the University of Chicago and has contributed to health and wellness magazines, including Prevention, Self, Shape and Cooking Light.
What Is the Glycemic Index for Acorn Squash?
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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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