High-glycemic Index Foods, Hunger, and Obesity: Is There a Connection?
Version of Record online: 27 APR 2009
© 2000 International Life Sciences Institute
Volume 58, Issue 6, pages 163–169, June 2000
How to Cite
Roberts, S. B. (2000), High-glycemic Index Foods, Hunger, and Obesity: Is There a Connection?. Nutrition Reviews, 58: 163–169. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-4887.2000.tb01855.x
- Issue online: 27 APR 2009
- Version of Record online: 27 APR 2009
The relative importance of different dietary causes of obesity remains controversial. This review examines whether consumption of high-glycemic index (GI) carbohydrates may be a contributing factor. Although data from long-term studies are lacking, short-term investigations indicate that consumption of high-GI carbohydrates may increase hunger and promote overeating relative to consumption of items with a lower GI. As long-term research on GI and weight regulation accumulates, consumption of whole grain and lower GI cereals instead of highly refined cereals is a dietary change that may help prevent overeating and is consistent with current dietary guidelines.