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Carbohydrates Part 3: Problems with the GI

So after a couple of weeks of nothing, it’s time to continue this series, which will invariably run to 4 parts because that’s just how I do things (tediously and in an overwritten fashion).

As an overview of last time, I described how the Glycemic Index (GI) is measured along with the implications that it had for diabetes treatment, potentially weight loss and for athletes. … Read More

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Carbohydrates Part 1: Classification and Digestion

On my Facebook group, someone mentioned that something about the GI of cooked versus raw carrots was moving through the fitness community (something like that) and that stimulated me to write this article series.  In it I want to ultimately look at the concepts of the Glycemic Index (GI) and Glycemic Load (GL) but today I need to give a quick primer on carbohydrates which I have done before so the next bits will make sense.… Read More

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A Primer on Dietary Carbohydrates – Part 2

In a Primer on Dietary Carbohydrates – Part 1, I took a brief look at what carbohydrates are and listed the three primary categories of dietary carbohydrates which are monosaccharides, oligosaccharides and polysaccharides.  As well, I looked in some detail at the monosaccharides (simple sugars) which are glucose (dextrose), fructose and galactose. … Read More