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What Is the Glycemic Index of Basmati Rice?

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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.
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.

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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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