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The glycemic index refers to how quickly the sugars and carbohydrates from foods are absorbed into your blood stream. High glycemic foods are those that contain refined ingredients such as potato, white flour and corn syrup. These ingredients can lead to high blood sugar, obesity, insulin resistance and diabetes. This is due to high glycemic foods containing quickly digested sugars, resulting in the body generated insulin to convert the sugar to usable energy. Insulin in turn triggers a hunger response in the brain, pressuring the animal to eat more food and more frequently while never feeling full, resulting in obesity. Also, the insulin shock of high glycemic foods can wear and damage the organs, especially the pancreas, resulting in insulin resistance, or diabetes.