GI News—August 2009

Why not enough sleep is not OK Artificial sweeteners linked to diabetes How to cook a carrot Are chia seeds too good to be true? Are energy drinks all they are cracked up to be? We are often asked about translated editions of GI News. Sadly we don’t have the budget to fund translations every […]

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Food for Thought

Not sleeping enough and not sleeping well is not OK‘Most of us don’t get enough sleep and this promotes weight gain and increases our risk of developing diabetes and heart disease,’ says dietitian and exercise physiologist Caitlin Reid in her new book, Health & the City. ‘Inadequate sleep also increases daytime sleepiness and our susceptibility […]

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News Briefs

Artificial sweeteners linked to diabetes People who use artificial sweeteners are heavier, more likely to have diabetes, and more likely to be insulin-resistant compared with non-users, according to data presented at ENDO 2009 (the annual meeting of The Endocrine Society) and reported in Medscape Medical News. The researchers reported they found an inverse association between […]

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Foodwatch with Catherine Saxelby

Spotlight on chia When I first read about chia, all I could think was: ‘Yeah, sure, sounds way too good to be true.’ And it does sound amazing – tiny seeds, smaller in size than sesame seeds or flax, yet supposedly loaded with so much omega-3, fibre, protein and calcium that they are proclaimed to […]

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In the GI News Kitchen

American dietitian and author of Good Carbs, Bad Carbs, Johanna Burani, shares favourite recipes with a low or moderate GI from her Italian kitchen (photographed by Sergio Burani). For more information, check out Johanna’s website. Apricot-apple granola with pignoli nutsIn the northeastern corner of Italy, where I have my home, the continental breakfast has been […]

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Busting Food Myths with Nicole Senior

Myth: Ancient grains are better for you. Nicole Senior Fact: Old and new grains are good for you.Ancient grains such as spelt, amaranth and quinoa are fashionable at the moment (along with chia, covered in Foodwatch), albeit hard to get and more expensive. The rising popularity of these ‘old-world’ grains is great because variety in […]

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Talking Turkey with Prof Trim

Are ‘energy’ drinks all they’re cracked up to be?Caffeinated ‘energy drinks’ (‘Red Bull’; ‘Mother’; ‘V’ etc.) have become a popular part of the soft drink market, and are also sometimes used as a way of losing weight. But are they all they’re cracked up to be? Do they provide energy? And are there any particular […]

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Your Success Stories

‘I started using the GI in the summer of 2008 in hopes of lowering blood glucose levels. I heard a physician on TV talking about how spikes in blood glucose level will cause a surge in hormones. I had been dealing with adult acne that doctors had blamed on hormones. So, I decided to give […]

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GI Symbol News with Alan Barclay

Alan Barclay Spotlight on artificial sweetenersThe sugar veto for people with diabetes has helped create a huge market for alternative sweeteners from Aspartame (Equal/Nutrasweet) to stevia. In the second of a three-part series, Dr Alan Barclay checks out the pros and cons of non-nutritive sweeteners. Non-nutritive (‘artificial’) sweeteners provide few calories (kilojoules), carbs or any […]

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GI Update with Alan Barclay and Fiona Atkinson

Dr Alan Barclay answers your questions ‘We grow ‘all blue’ potatoes, which are suppose to be high in mineral content, are they a better choice for a person with type 2 diabetes? Are some potatoes better to eat than others?’‘I believe the blue (and other exotic coloured) potatoes have a higher antioxidant content, but they […]

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