Carbohydrates typically provide the major energy contribution to our diet. The consumption of carbohydrates leads to rises in blood sugar or blood glucose and the nature of this rise in blood sugar, known as the glycemic response, has important implications for all of us. Reducing the size and duration of rises in blood glucose after meals is particularly important for people with diabetes and may also be of benefit to the general population. The European Branch of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI Europe) has studied various aspects of the science behind glycemic response and health, seeking to contribute a balanced perspective on the subject. ILSI Europe has published an overview of the current status of our knowledge on ‘Food, Glycaemic Response and Health.’
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