Glycemic index and glycemic load for 100+ foods

Measuring carbohydrate effects can help glucose management

Glycemic index and glycemic load offer information about how foods afglycemix loadfect blood sugar and insulin. The lower a food's glycemic index or glycemic load, the less it affects blood sugar and insulin levels. The glycemic index is a scientifically calculated number that was found by researchers via clinical trials. A scale of 0-100 is used to determine how rapidly the carbohydrates in a food will turn into sugar in the human body. Pure sugar, for instance, has a glycemic index of 100. The glycemic load simply multiplies that number by the amount of carbohydrates that is in a food and that is then divided by 100. This makes it possible for a food like watermelon to have a high glycemic index but low glycemic load. These numbers can be impacted by the amount of fat or fiber that is in a food, and they can be impacted further still by the size of the portion consumed.

Understanding how food affects blood glucose can help in the management of a condition like diabetes where insulin and blood glucose must be carefully watched. To help, here is a list of the glycemic index and glycemic load, per serving, for more than 100 common foods.

FOOD Glycemic index (glucose = 100) Serving size (grams) Glycemic load per serving
BAKERY PRODUCTS AND BREADS
Banana cake, made with sugar 47 60 14
Banana cake, made without sugar 55 60 12
Sponge cake, plain 46 63 17
Vanilla cake made from packet mix with vanilla frosting (Betty Crocker) 42 111 24
Apple muffin, made with rolled oats and sugar 44 60 13
Apple muffin, made with rolled oats and without sugar 48 60 9
Waffles, Aunt Jemima® 76 35 10
Bagel, white, frozen 72 70 25
Baguette, white, plain 95 30 14
Coarse barley bread, 80% kernels 34 30 7
Hamburger bun 61 30 9
Kaiser roll 73 30 12
Pumpernickel bread 56 30 7
50% cracked wheat kernel bread 58 30 12
White wheat flour bread, average 75 30 11
Wonder® bread, average 73 30 10
Whole wheat bread, average 69 30 9
100% Whole Grain® bread (Natural Ovens) 51 30 7
Pita bread, white 68 30 10
Corn tortilla 52 50 12
Wheat tortilla 30 50 8
BEVERAGES
Coca Cola® (US formula) 63 250 mL 16
Fanta®, orange soft drink 68 250 mL 23
Lucozade®, original (sparkling glucose drink) 95 250 mL 40
Apple juice, unsweetened, 41 250 mL 12
Cranberry juice cocktail (Ocean Spray®) 68 250 mL 24
Gatorade, orange flavor (US formula) 89 250 mL 13
Orange juice, unsweetened, average 50 250 mL 12
Tomato juice, canned, no sugar added 38 250 mL 4
BREAKFAST CEREALS AND RELATED PRODUCTS
All-Bran®, average 44 30 9
Coco Pops®, average 77 30 20
Cornflakes®, average 81 30 20
Cream of Wheat® 66 250 17
Cream of Wheat®, Instant 74 250 22
Grape-Nuts® 75 30 16
Muesli, average 56 30 10
Oatmeal, average 55 250 13
Instant oatmeal, average 79 250 21
Puffed wheat cereal 80 30 17
Raisin Bran® 61 30 12
Special K® (US formula) 69 30 14
GRAINS
Pearled barley, average 25 150 11
Sweet corn on the cob 48 60 14
Couscous 65 150 9
Quinoa 53 150 13
White rice, average 73 150 43
Quick cooking white basmati 63 150 26
Brown rice, average 68 150 16
Parboiled Converted white rice (Uncle Ben's®) 38 150 14
Whole wheat kernels, average 45 50 15
Bulgur, average 47 150 12
COOKIES AND CRACKERS
Graham crackers 74 25 13
Vanilla wafers 77 25 14
Shortbread 64 25 10
Rice cakes, average 82 25 17
Rye crisps, average 64 25 11
Soda crackers 74 25 12
DAIRY PRODUCTS AND ALTERNATIVES
Ice cream, regular, average 62 50 8
Ice cream, premium (Sara Lee®) 38 50 3
Milk, full-fat, average 31 250 mL 4
Milk, skim, average 31 250 mL 4
Reduced-fat yogurt with fruit, average 33 200 11
FRUITS
Apple, average 36 120 5
Banana, raw, average 48 120 11
Dates, dried, average 42 60 18
Grapefruit 25 120 3
Grapes, black 59 120 11
Oranges, raw, average 45 120 45
Peach, average 42 120 5
Peach, canned in light syrup 52 120 9
Pear, raw, average 38 120 4
Pear, canned in pear juice 44 120 5
Prunes, pitted 29 60 10
Raisins 64 60 28
Watermelon 72 120 4
BEANS AND NUTS
Baked beans 40 150 6
Black-eyed peas 50 150 15
Black beans 30 150 7
Chickpeas 10 150 3
Chickpeas, canned in brine 42 150 9
Navy beans, average 39 150 12
Kidney beans, average 34 150 9
Lentils 28 150 5
Soy beans, average 15 150 1
Cashews, salted 22 50 3
Peanuts 13 50 1
PASTA and NOODLES
Fettucini 32 180 15
Macaroni, average 50 180 24
Macaroni and Cheese (Kraft®) 64 180 33
Spaghetti, white, boiled, average 46 180 22
Spaghetti, white, boiled 20 min 58 180 26
Spaghetti, whole-grain, boiled 42 180 17
SNACK FOODS
Corn chips, plain, salted, average 42 50 11
Fruit Roll-Ups® 99 30 24
M & M's®, peanut 33 30 6
Microwave popcorn, plain, average 55 20 7
Potato chips, average 56 50 12
Pretzels, oven-baked 83 30 16
Snickers Bar® 51 60 18
VEGETABLES
Green peas 54 80 4
Carrots, average 39 80 2
Parsnips 52 80 4
Baked russet potato 111 150 33
Boiled white potato, average 82 150 21
Instant mashed potato, average 87 150 17
Sweet potato, average 70 150 22
Yam, average 54 150 20
MISCELLANEOUS
Hummus (chickpea salad dip) 6 30 0
Chicken nuggets, frozen, reheated in microwave oven 5 min 46 100 7
Pizza, plain baked dough, served with parmesan cheese and tomato sauce 80 100 22
Pizza, Super Supreme (Pizza Hut®) 36 100 9
Honey, average 61 25 12

The complete list of the glycemic index and glycemic load for more than 1,000 foods can be found in the article "International tables of glycemic index and glycemic load values: 2008" by Fiona S. Atkinson, Kaye Foster-Powell, and Jennie C. Brand-Miller in the December 2008 issue of Diabetes Care, Vol. 31, number 12, pages 2281-2283.

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