Glycemic Index of Rice Varieties range between 48 to 92

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(Best Syndication News) - All rice is not created equal on the glycemic index (GI) rating scale, according to a new study. Researchers from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Food Futures Flagship tested 235 different worldwide varieties of rice and found a wide range of glycemic index ratings – all the way from low to high.

The benefits of picking low glycemic index foods is that they will keep blood sugar levels from rising too quickly. The higher the glycemic index, the faster the blood sugar spikes.

The researchers said that the average glycemic index rating of most rice was 64. The low glycemic rice comes from India and is called Swarna. Doongara and Basmati rice comes from Australia and has a medium GI rating.

Foods that are under 55 on the GI scale are considered low. Medium GI rated foods have a score between 56 and 69. High GI foods have a rating of 70 or higher.

The South Beach Diet recommends dieters to eat foods that are mostly in the low rating, and stay away from the high GI food as much as possible.

People that have type 2 diabetes benefit from eating foods on that have a low glycemic index rating.

By: Marsha Quinn
Health Reporter

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