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I think the glycemic index may have a lot to do with eating right and getting healthy. What recommendations can you give to help a layperson understand it?

There is some value to the glycemic index, but the main focus for healthy eating is basic: eat more whole grains (whole grain bread, brown rice, wheat crackers), fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, leaner meats, less added fat and sugar; and exercise.

Look at the American Dietetic Association website, the American Diabetes Association website for recipes, lots of information and answers to any other questions, and the USDA's Choose My Plate website for tips on eating healthier and incorporating activity.

If you want to learn more about the glycemic index, go to what is termed "the official website of the glycemic index" at the University of Sydney.

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