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For those of us that AREN'T insulin-dependent, and are watching our carbs closely, do folks use just the GI (glycemic index) or do you take into account the GL (glycemic load) when figuring if you should eat something?

For those unfamiliar with the Glycemic Load, this is taken from Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load ...



Now granted, when I look at things like an Apple/Oatmeal (sugarless) muffing having a low-glycemic load, I look at the serving size... 60g is a SMALL serving of muffin. Most muffins are NOT 60g (that's approximately 2 ounces) so we're talking 1/3 to 1/2 a muffin depending on it's size... That's basically a one-bite muffin for a guy with a mouth my size. (OK, maybe TWO bites)

I'd sure LIKE to eat the occasional watermelon, which shows as high GI... but 200g of watermelon turns out to have a GL of only 4, which is extremely low... (the key seems to be to NOT eat the entire freaking watermelon). The same goes for pineapple, which has a fairly high GI... it's GL for 1/2c serving is only 6, again very low. (I do get bored restricting my fruit intake to just berries and granny smith apples...)

So... considering these lower-GL foods all seem to be rather small servings (at least for what N.Americans are used to), is it worth it to try to use the GL of foods, and eat carbs based on that, or stick to the GI? Or maybe look at both?

Or should I just count carbs like I've been doing and keep my intake under a certain amount per meal and per day as per my norm now?
beefy, do you think that because some T2's are insulin dependent, that we don't have to watch our carbs? I am insulin dependent, but I can't just sit at the dinner table with a bag of corn chips and eat to my heart's content. Insulin causes me to gain weight so I don't have a free ride.
 

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beefy, thank you for understanding.
 
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