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What Is the Glycemic Index of Cauliflower?

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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 Cauliflower?
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The glycemic index is used as a measure of the effect a food will have on blood sugar levels. Foods with a high glycemic index raise blood sugar levels higher. Foods with a lower glycemic index have a lower blood sugar peak. According to nutrition experts, there are many benefits from eating more lower-glycemic foods, such as better regulation of blood sugar and appetite, both of which help with weight control.

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Staying Under 55

As a general rule, foods with a glycemic index under 55 are considered low-glycemic foods. Foods over 70 are considered to have a high glycemic index and consumption should be limited. There is some discrepancy as to the glycemic index of cauliflower, although most sources list it between 0 and 15. This makes cauliflower a low-glycemic index food. To put this in perspective, peanuts have a glycemic index of 14 and a baked potato has a glycemic index of 85. Pure sugar, in the form of glucose, is considered the reference point to which all foods are compared and has a glycemic index of 100.

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