Your body breaks down carbohydrates into their simplest sugar form for absorption. The glycemic index is a numerical ranking system that rates how quickly these sugars will raise your blood sugar. All carbohydrate-containing foods are compared to the simple sugar glucose, which is given a glycemic index of 100. Carbohydrates that break down quickly during digestion have a high glycemic index, while carbohydrates that break down slowly have a low glycemic index.
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Glycemic Index Rating for Peanuts
Peanuts are considered a "low" glycemic index food with a rating of 14 for a 2-ounce serving. Low glycemic index foods have a rating under 56. "Medium" glycemic index foods have a rating between 56 and 69, while "high" glycemic foods have a rating of 70 and over. Eating fewer high glycemic foods is best to help avoid conditions associated with poor blood sugar control such as diabetes and metabolic syndrome.