Evidence Builds for Use of Glycemic Index to Control Diabetes
And Gerald Bernstein, MD, the past president of the ADA and attending endocrinologist at Beth Israel Medical Center In New York says that "this is a another way of incorporating what comes into the body as part of a diabetes management scheme."
But as for carbohydrate counting, it is not necessarily a difficult concept for children to learn, he says.
"Once they get the idea, the range of foods that kids eat is fairly narrow so within the narrowness they can adjust it [and] if the kids tell you what they eat or are going to eat, parents can make a better assessment of insulin before or after a meal," he says.
GI counts of some common foods are as follows:
Rye bread, 64
White bread, 68
Baked beans, 43
White rice, 72
Corn flakes, 83
All Bran cereal, 54
Potato chips, 56
Orange juice, 49