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There is no question that some carbs break down more quickly than others, and therefore have a stronger impact on blood sugar levels. Scientists created something called the Glycimic Index to represent this understanding:

Low Glycemic foods include fruits, nuts, beans, etc.

Medium Glycemic foods include white sugar, wheat bread, pita bread, boiled potatoes, ice cream, banana, etc.

High Glycemic foods include high fructose corn syrup, white rice or bread, corn flakes and most cereals, etc.

That's obviously a very limited and generalized list. Unfortunately food labeling standards don't require that foods carry a GI rating, though it would be helpful for those who try to manage their diet.

Who doesn't use low Glycemic foods as an excuse to eat more carbs, but does use it to help determine how much time between meals and/or snacks...

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