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Certification Seal for the

Latin Market 













As the Glycemic Index becomes more popular in the Spanish-speaking communities, the need for clarity in food responses rises. The Glycemic Index of a food, drink, Nutraceutical or Pharmaceutical reveals its blood glucose, insulin, and fat-storing properties. These biochemical responses are important in preventing and controlling diabetes, insulin resistance, hypoglycemia, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and obesity.

New research has demonstrated that the Latin community is experiencing high rates of obesity, insulin-disorders, and diabetes, factors which are largely controlled by the glycemic response of food choices.


Foods with a high glycemic index and glycemic load increase the 
risk of colorectal and prostate cancer in the Spanish population. 

In Barcelona, Spain, researchers at the Department of Epidemiology and Cancer Registry, Unit of Nutrition, Environment and Cancer, Catalan Institute of Oncology, examined the relationship between nutrition and cancer in the Spanish population. 


The study, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, 2006, reported that obesity is a recognized risk factor of colorectal cancer and breast cancer in postmenopausal women, and that:

A recent study of Mexican foods showed that:

• A low Glycemic Index diet containing Mexican foods improves
LDL and total cholesterol in individuals with hyperlipidemia

Glycemic Research Institute (GRI) clients that currently are licensed to use the GRI Certification Marks for Low Glycemic may now apply for the new Latin Certification Mark, which is offered by GRI on a Pro Bono basis.

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