The Glycemic Foundation (GIF) is a not-for-profit health promotion charity whose mission is to raise awareness and understanding of the health benefits of diets preferring low glycemic index (GI) carbohydrates. The key area of focus is on those living with Diabetes (improving management of the disease) and people at risk of Diabetes (improving health and reducing the rate of progression to Diabetes). We are supported in our mission by the University of Sydney and Diabetes NSW & ACT.
GIF provides tools and scientifically backed information to help educate consumers and healthcare professionals about the benefits of a healthy low GI diet in the prevention and control of life-style related chronic diseases. This includes facilitating the management of diabetes, weight loss and weight loss maintenance and reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, diabetes complications and other chronic lifestyle diseases.
As a not-for profit health promotion charity, we direct surplus funds into community awareness and education about the health benefits of healthy low GI diets, in research and development to make lower GI carbohydrates available in each food category as well as ongoing scientific research to build knowledge and understanding of the health benefits of GI.
We also strive to assist food manufacturers to make nutritionally healthy low GI choices available to consumers in each food and beverage category.
To make healthier choices easier we developed the GI Symbol Program. The GI Symbol is your trusted tool for quickly and reliably making healthier food choices when grocery shopping. It is our guarantee to consumers that the GI value stated near the nutrition information label is accurate (companies need to adhere to our GI testing policy) and that the food meets strict nutritional criteria that are consistent with international dietary guidelines.