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Is Milk Really Low Glycemic?

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.
Is Milk Really Low Glycemic?
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The glycemic index ranks foods on a scale of 0 to 100, based on the extent to which each food causes blood sugar to rise. A gradual rise in blood glucose helps keep your blood sugar stable, which is beneficial. The glycemic index enables individuals who want to keep their blood sugar stable to choose the right foods. Milk is a low-glycemic food, so you can enjoy it on a glycemic-conscious diet. Keep in mind that whole milk is rich in saturated fat.

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Glycemic Value of Milk

Whole milk has a glycemic index of 41, while skim milk carries a GI value of 32. With a glycemic index value of 55 or less, milk is considered to be low-glycemic. Foods with a value between 56 and 69 exert a moderate effect on blood sugar levels. High-glycemic foods are assigned a value of 70 to 100 and trigger the most rapid rise in blood glucose.

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