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The Glycemic Index


What is the Glycemic Index?

  • Glycemic Index (GI) is a scale that ranks the carbohydrates in food by how much they raise the blood glucose levels compared to sugar
  • Carbohydrates break down to form sugar which gives your pet energy. After eating, blood-glucose levels rise. Low GI foods provide more consistent energy levels throughout the day
  • Low GI foods are generally lower in calories and fat, higher in fiber, nutrients and antioxidants
  • Low GI foods increase levels of HDL (good) cholesterol
  • In general, the lower the GI rating of a food, the better the quality of carbohydrate

Related Problems

  • Obesity
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Behavioral problems
  • Epilepsy

These conditions can be controlled and often prevented with high quality, low GI pet health foods.

Food Comparisons

Food Glycemic Index
Pearled Barley 25
Rye 34
Rice 128
Corn* 59-70
White Table Sugar 92
Average Chocolate Bar 65
Cassava/Tapioca 100+
Potato 90
Peas 30

*depending on preparation and variety

Did you know …

corn has the same Glycemic index as an average chocolate bar and is suspected to be the primary culprit in the development of feline diabetes?

Did you know …

glucose is the brain’s fuel? A healthy brain will derive almost all its required energy from glucose. Low GI foods provide a more consistent level of glucose to your pet’s system, improving brain function and making training easier.

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