The glycemic index, or GI, reveals how much a food causes your blood sugar levels to rise. While both high and low glycemic foods can be part of a healthy diet or weight loss program in moderation, know that high glycemic foods come with certain health risks. High glycemic foods have been linked to a higher BMI, diabetes, obesity and heart disease.

Examples of high glycemic foods include:

  • Pasta
  • White Bread
  • Baked Goods
  • Chips and Cookies
  • Rice
  • Low-Fiber Cereals

Examples of low glycemic foods include:

  • Veggies
  • Fruits
  • Legumes
  • Whole Grains