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Is Meat or Poultry Included in the Glycemic Index?

author image Dr. Peter Nickless
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.
Is Meat or Poultry Included in the Glycemic Index?
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The glycemic index is used as a measurement of how carbohydrate-based foods affect blood sugar. Foods are given a rating of their effect on blood sugar when compared to the simple sugar glucose, which has a glycemic index of 100. Foods with higher glycemic index ranges result in a sharper rise in blood sugar levels and may lead to disorders of blood sugar control. Foods with lower glycemic index ranges have less effect on blood sugar levels.

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Protein and Blood Sugar

Meat and poultry are not carbohydrate sources and as such do not have an effect on blood sugar. Therefore, meat and poultry are not included in the glycemic index. Consuming animal protein sources such as beef and poultry should not elevate your blood sugar.

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