The importance of eating gluten-free includes keeping your insulin and blood sugar levels stable! Healthy alternative sweeteners include: birch xylitol, liquid stevia, raw honey, coconut palm sugar, organic maple syrup, and molasses. Glycemic index measures how much your blood sugar increases 2-3 hours after eating certain foods. Most carbohydrates are metabolized into the simple carbohydrate glucose, which has a glycemic index of 100. The higher a glycemic index food number is, the faster it raises your blood sugar level.