GI News—December 2007

In this issue of GI News A cuppa tea quells BGLs Update on cinnamon (cassia) Prof Trim checks out glucosamine How to boost that slow metabolism Eating to beat cancer If cookbooks for family and friends are on your Christmas shopping list, check out our top 10. We’ve picked our favourites from books reviewed in […]

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Food for Thought

You really can cut your cancer riskBe as lean as you can within the normal range of body weight and be physically active for at least 30 minutes a day to reduce your risk of certain cancers are two key messages to come out of The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and the American Institute […]

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News Briefs

Cuppa tea anyone?‘There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea’ so the saying goes. Now it looks like that very same cuppa may help quell blood glucose spikes. A one gram cup of black tea may have the potential to stimulate an insulin response […]

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Food of the Month

MangoesMouthwatering mangoes may be difficult to peel and messy to eat, but the effort’s worth it – they are one of the few tropical fruits with a low GI (51) so they’ll deliver sustained energy without spiking those blood glucose levels (in modest portions). That’s not all. They are also an excellent source of vitamin […]

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Low GI Recipes of the Month

Our chef Kate Hemphill develops deliciously simple recipes for GI News that showcase seasonal ingredients and make it easy for you to cook healthy, low GI meals and snacks. For more of Kate’s fabulous fare, check out: www.lovetocook.co.uk. For now, prepare and share good food with family and friends – we have chosen recipes that […]

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Good for You, Good for the Planet: Sue’s Radd’s Green Kitchen

3 ways to eat green at ChristmasChristmas is supposed to be the time for peace on earth and goodwill to men. Yet our frequently extravagant food expectations can result in the least eco-friendly meal of the year. Here are some tips to help you have fun but leave a softer ecological footprint so Santa continues […]

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Busting Food Myths with Nicole Senior

I can’t lose weight because I’ve got a slow metabolismFact: Many people believe they have difficulty losing weight because they have a ‘slow metabolism’ implying this is outside their control when in fact this isn’t true. (An exception is poor thyroid function which slows metabolism and requires treatment with medication). Boosting your own metabolism is […]

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Dr David’s Tips for Raising Healthy Kids

Walk the walkThere’s a pretty widespread belief out there that that we need bike tracks, parks and playgrounds to encourage people to exercise. That it’s the physical environment that encourages healthy behaviour. Not so says Johannes Brug, professor of epidemiology at VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam. His review of 50 studies published in the […]

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Move It & Lose It with Prof Trim

Does glucosamine work?Getting active can really be a pain for some people. Here’s a common question I get asked: ‘I’d love to become a bit more active and do my 30 minutes brisk walking a day, but I have troubles with knees and hips hurting. I’ve heard that glucosamine is good for arthritis and friends […]

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Reviews

GI News top 10 cookbooksCookbooks have to be one of the most popular presents these days. There they are gorgeous and glossy and piled high on the tables at the front of the shop. It’s all too tempting. But if you you think these coffee table cookbooks may be making you (and your family) fat, […]

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Your Questions Answered

Why are my blood glucose levels so high when I am doing all the right things?This has to be one of the most common questions we get asked. And yes it can be very frustrating and worrying. But our answer has to be that since we don’t know you and what you are doing right […]

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Your Success Stories

‘I finally got pregnant! And all because I stayed committed to a low GI diet so that my insulin levels wouldn’t rise too high.’ – Stephanie‘I’m 29 and have PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) – I was diagnosed in my early teens. My symptoms are irregular periods, infertility and excess of testosterone levels (hormone imbalance). I […]

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GI Symbol News with Alan Barclay

With the New Year just around the corner, GI Ltd CEO Alan Barclay provides GI News readers with a peak at what’s in store for GI labelling in 2008. Alan Barclay RegulationsFood Standards Australia New Zealand is aiming to release a final draft of its nutrition, health and related claim legislation for (hopeful) incorporation into […]

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The Latest GI Values

Where can I get more information on GI testing?North AmericaDr Alexandra JenkinsGlycemic Index Laboratories36 Lombard Street, Suite 100Toronto, Ontario M5C 2X3 CanadaPhone +1 416 861 0506Email *protected email* www.gilabs.com AustraliaFiona Atkinson Research Manager, Sydney University Glycemic Index Research Service (SUGiRS)Human Nutrition Unit, School of Molecular and Microbial BiosciencesSydney UniversityNSW 2006 AustraliaPhone + 61 2 9351 6018Fax: […]

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GI News—November 2007

In this issue of GI News IDF targets post-meal blood glucose and endorses GI. Keeping blood glucose in check all day. Break through weight loss plateaus Does eating late at night make you fat? Jennie Brand-Miller responds to the Tufts research on GI variability Diabetes is one of the fastest growing diseases in the world. […]

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Food for Thought

Let’s make sure kids with diabetes reach their full growth potentialDiabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood but often those closest to the child – family, friends, teachers – are unaware of the signs. Did you know that: Diabetes can strike children at any age. It is often diagnosed late, or […]

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GI News Briefs

Keeping blood glucose in check all dayIn June GI News Prof Jennie Brand-Miller reminded us that breakfast is a great opportunity to ‘go for gold’ by selecting a low GI breakfast cereal or bread to reduce the GI of your diet overall. The findings of Anne Nilsson’s PhD dissertation presented at Lund University takes that […]

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Low GI Food of the Month

MushroomsMushrooms (which are fungi not veggies) have more going for them than you can imagine such as antioxidants (they up there with red capsicum and spinach), minerals like selenium and B vitamins including folate. They also have more protein than most vegetables. The GI isn’t relevant because they have almost no carbs although they are […]

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Busting Food Myths with Nicole Senior

Eating late at night makes you fatIn this day and age when everyone is busy, it’s difficult to live by the old adage ‘breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper’. The reality is many of us enjoy our main meal in the evening when the travails of the day […]

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Low GI Recipes of the Month

Our chef Kate Hemphill develops deliciously simple recipes for GI News that showcase seasonal ingredients and make it easy for you to cook healthy, low GI meals and snacks. For more of Kate’s fabulous fare, check out: www.lovetocook.co.uk. For now, prepare and share good food with family and friends. Kate Hemphill Tuna, Bean, Olive & […]

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Your Success Stories

‘I have shared this website with my patients and the results have been amazing’ – family doctor from Canada‘When I first encountered the concept of glycemic index, I was very curious. The rigorous testing and evidence presented on this site along with the information has impressed and convinced me of its validity. I have shared […]

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Move It & Lose It with Professor Trim

Breaking through weight loss plateausHere’s something you won’t read about in the women’s magazines: Weight loss is not a linear process. In other words, you’re unlikely to lose a steady 1 or 2 kilograms per week until you get down to where you want to be. The truth is weight loss is a dynamic process. […]

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Dr David’s Tips for Raising Healthy Kids

Children’s livers turning fattyWhile it’s known being overweight is a big reason for the rising number of children with type 2 diabetes, it’s also increasing the prevalence of another dangerous condition: non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). This is a silent but dangerous epidemic. Just as type 2 diabetes exploded into our consciousness in the 1990s, […]

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Books, DVDs, Websites: What’s New?

Sue Shepherd’s new book: Gluten-free CookingWe decided show was better than tell for Gluten-free Cooking by Sue Shepherd. The recipes aren’t specifically designed to be low GI, but some are. Sue is a dietitian who also has coeliac disease. She is completing her PhD in the dietary management of coeliac disease, irritable bowel syndrome and […]

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Feedback—Your FAQs Answered

Why is the GI of Frosties (55) lower than Kellogg’s Corn Flakes (77), Crunchy Nut Corn Flakes (72) and Skippy Cornflakes (93)? Many people assume that the higher the sugar content, the higher the GI. But in fact, starch in cornflakes is very rapidly digested and absorbed (it’s been fully ‘gelatinised’ during processing), giving the […]

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GI Values Update

New values from SUGiRS Sour (tart) cherriesSour cherries may be good for more than just making pie, according to an oral presentation of findings from an animal study conducted by University of Michigan researchers at the Experimental Biology 2007 meeting in Washington, D.C. The researchers report that rats that received powdered tart cherries in their […]

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GI News—October 2007

This month in ‘Food for Thought’, Prof Mike Archer serves up lean, green and good for your heart fare for farming Australia in a healthier way for people and planet alike: one that won’t suck up scarce water resources for unsustainable monoculture or blow any productivity left in the soil out to sea. Jill Dupleix […]

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Food for Thought

Kangaroo meat – lean, green, clean and good for your heart‘Kangaroos are of particular importance to Australia’s conservation and economic future, not only for their biological significance and iconic status, but because of their special value as a source of meat,’ says Prof Mike Archer, Dean of Science at the University of New South Wales. […]

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GI News Briefs

Giving kids diet foods and drinks may fuel obesityResearch published in a recent issue of Obesity reports that a young rat can be made to overeat when it’s given low-calorie foods and drinks on a daily basis. It may be a big leap to say the same thing happens in our kids, but lead author […]

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Low GI Food of the Month

Asian greensThere are many reasons to tuck into Asian greens. To start with they are crunchy, delicious and nutritious. And if that’s not enough, they are extremely easy to prepare, quick to cook and versatile – simply steam them, add them to stir-fries, soups or even casseroles. They are part of the same cruciferous celeb […]

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Low GI Recipes of the Month

Our chef Kate Hemphill develops delicious recipes for GI News that showcase seasonal ingredients and make it easy for you to prepare healthy low GI meals and snacks. For more of Kate’s seasonal fare, check out: www.lovetocook.co.uk Kate Hemphill Simple Summer SpaghettiAs the seasons change and some of our readers are heading into spring, and […]

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Busting Food Myths

Carbs and protein shouldn’t be eaten togetherPopular nutritional myths exist about food combining – the theory that certain foods should not be eaten together, especially carbohydrates such as bread, potato and grains with proteins such as meat or fish. The theory also suggests that fruit should not be combined with anything. ‘There is no sound […]

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Your Success Stories

‘Tomorrow I am running a half marathon and the glycemic index helped get me there!’ – Tricia ‘I was so sad when I read the August newsletter and read how unreceptive the diabetic association was to the glycemic index. I am a firm believer in the GI because it has changed my life. I am […]

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Move It & Lose It with Professor Trim

Fighting colds with exercise Dr Garry Egger aka Prof Trim If you have diabetes and are more prone to colds and flu, here’s another way to protect yourself during cold and flu season. Researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle (American Journal of Medicine, October 2006) found post-menopausal women who work out regularly […]

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Dr David’s Tips for Raising Healthy Kids

TV ground rulesOf the many factors that contribute to excessive weight gain in kids, TV may be the most influential. It certainly takes time away from active pursuits from playing sports to simply playing. But it also contributes through the mouth. A recent report from Australia published in Health Promotion International (31 August 2007) that […]

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Books, DVDs, Websites: What’s New?

Lighten Up: A healthy new way to cookJill Dupleix This is not a diet book. As former Times cookery editor, food writer and author of 14 cookbooks Jill Dupleix says in her introduction, it’s for ‘people who love their food but want to be healthy. It’s a way of moving your kitchen, your cooking and […]

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Feedback—Your FAQs Answered

What’s the GI of … Pappadums (Indian crisp bread)A number of Indian breads (chapattis) have been GI tested, but not pappadums. They are traditionally made with a lentil and rice flour combo and then fried but you can microwave them (brush them with oil first). A single large Patak’s pappadum (15 cm/6 in diameter) has […]

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GI Values Update

The latest values from SUGiRSNew moderate GI value for broad beansGI 63; serving size 80 g, available carbohydrate 5 g; GL 3When broad beans were tested in 1981 in Canada in the early days of GI testing, their GI was 79, but only six people were included in the study and the variation between them […]

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GI News—September 2007

This month we welcome Dr David Ludwig to GI News with ‘Food for Thought’ and a regular spot on raising healthy (and healthy weight) kids. David is Director of the Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) program at Children’s Hospital Boston and he shares the program’s practical and clinically proven advice in his new book, Ending […]

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Food for Thought

Guiding your child to a healthy weight in a fast food/fake food worldAchieving and maintaining a healthy weight has never been harder with an environment that undermines our every move – the seductive food commercials on television, radio, billboards, buses, magazines and at the cinema; plus the super-accessible, affordable fast foods and junk foods on […]

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GI News Podcast

Children and the GIIn the last and seventh of the New Glucose Revolution podcasts, Prof. Jennie Brand-Miller talks about children and the GI and its potential role in helping children achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Play the Podcast above or download here

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GI News Briefs

The biggest losers go low GINot only is it hard to lose weight, there’s not a lot of consensus about the best way to do it other than ‘eat less and exercise more’. But that piece of advice on its own doesn’t seem to be able to deliver the necessary results for most of us […]

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Low GI Food of the Month

Getting them to eat their greensBroccoli is always high up on the super food list. It doesn’t have a GI value because it’s not a source of carbohydrate and it has hardly any calories. But it’s an absolute nutritional powerhouse delivering vitamin C, fibre, beta-carotene, folate and vitamin E plus B vitamins and minerals like […]

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Low GI Recipes of the Month

Share good food and good times with family and friends with Kate Hemphill’s delicious recipes that showcase seasonal ingredients and make it easy for you to prepare healthy low GI meals and snacks. Kate has worked as a freelance chef and home economist before starting her own cookery school (‘Love to Cook’) in London. She […]

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Your Success Stories

‘It had been so long since I felt “good” after a meal’ – Amy‘I am telling you this one hundred per cent true story about my ongoing experience with The Low GI Diet. It actually seems a little ridiculous to even call it a “diet”. It is so easy to follow, and makes so much […]

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Move It & Lose It with Professor Trim

Can you resist?Don’t even try to. Go for it. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in April this year showed that resistance exercise (such as weight-lifting, using resistance bands, press-ups and sit-ups) that helps to maintain and build muscle-mass reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes. In this recent study, 36 […]

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Dr David’s Tips for Raising Healthy Kids

Snack attackYou’ve seen it before: your child hangs on the refrigerator door staring inside while munching on a bag of potato crisps and complaining there’s nothing to eat. As cold air floods out, he’s not just wasting electricity; he’s wasting an opportunity to make a healthy choice. End the hassle and help kids make healthy […]

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Books, DVDs, Websites: What’s New?

Low GI Gluten-free LivingEndorsed by The Coeliac Society of AustraliaWritten by Kate Marsh, Prof Jennie Brand-Miller and Philippa Sandall Here’s what Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian and gluten-free guru Sue Shepherd says about this book in her foreword: ‘As a dietitian working in the area of coeliac disease for a very long time, I have seen […]

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Feedback—Your FAQs Answered

What’s the GI of … Sesame seeds and flaxseeds?Sesame seeds and flaxseeds contain a large amount of oil and very little carbohydrate so the GI isn’t relevant. Remember that the GI is a measure of carbohydrate quality. Evaporated natural sugar cane juice?Evaporated sugar cane juice hasn’t been tested. We would imagine its GI would be […]

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GI Values Update

New GI valuesHow true is the low GI blue tortilla story?We recently received a ‘EurekAlert’ press release that stated that ‘people with dieting blues should try swapping white corn tortillas for blue which had ‘less starch and a lower glycaemic index than their white counterparts.’ Along with ‘20% more protein.’ The study was reported in […]

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GI Symbol News

Where can I get more information on the GI Symbol program? Alan Barclay CEO, Glycemic Index LtdPhone: +61 2 9785 1037Fax: +61 2 9785 1037Email: *protected email* www.gisymbol.com.au

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GI News—August 2007

Just back from the American Diabetes Association meeting in Chicago, we have to say we could feel a bit despondent at the number of health professionals, especially dietitians, who like to trumpet their belief that the glycemic index doesn’t work or that it’s too complicated for ordinary people or too hard to understand. And perhaps […]

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Food for Thought

Reduce your risk of strokeStroke affects millions of men and women around the world, and can lead to disability and death. The number one risk factor is high blood pressure. Others are smoking and high levels of LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol. People with diabetes are at greater risk of stroke. In fact, overall, the health risk […]

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GI News Podcast

Weight control with the GIIn the sixth of the New Glucose Revolution podcasts, Prof. Jennie Brand-Miller talks about good and bad fats, and why weight control works with the GI. Play the Podcast above or download here

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Low GI Food of the Month

Cinnamon and cassia – don’t go barking up the wrong treeBack in August 2006 we wrote about two promising studies reporting that as little as the equivalent of ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon daily may improve blood glucose control. Cinnamon is in the news again with a report in the June American Journal of Clinical Nutrition […]

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GI News Briefs

Carbohydrate quality counts in preventing heart diseaseCarbohydrate quality counts in reducing risk of heart disease according to the findings of a study of 15,714 Dutch women on the effect of GI and GL on heart disease risk. The study draws attention to Australia’s GI Symbol Program showing how food labelling can play a role in […]

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Low GI Recipes of the Month

Fish, tomato, saffron and white bean soupThis low GI recipe for two is rich in fibre and contains omega-3. It’s also delicious and warming – real comfort food. Just in case this isn’t enough to get you into the kitchen, count how many ‘eat to beat stroke’ foods you can spot in the ingredients list! […]

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Your Success Stories

‘My symptoms have disappeared and I’m medication free all thanks to a little education and the GI Revolution’ – Karen‘It was about 18 months ago, at the age of 28, when I was diagnosed with PCOS. I’d been overweight for most of my 20s and had a history of irregular periods (not to mention a […]

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Books, DVDs, Websites: What’s New?

Eating the Greek Wayby Fedon Alexander Lindberg, M.D.Clarkson Potter Publishers Fedon Lindberg returns to his Greek roots in this colourful cookbook. The recipes are packed with traditional Mediterranean diet ingredients – legumes, fruits, vegetables, lean protein especially fish, nuts and seeds and grains. The desserts look delicious, but rather than sugar, the author sweetens them […]

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Move it and Lose it!

Don’t just sit there!Light activity helps avoid chronic disease according to research by the University of Queensland and the International Diabetes Institute published in Diabetes Care (Vol 30 No 6). The results not only confirm that a sedentary lifestyle is associated with high blood glucose levels, but show that washing dishes, ironing and other routine […]

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Feedback—Your FAQs Answered

Which sweeteners can be used to support the low GI diet and have no calories? Check out the ‘What Sweetener Is That?’ table in The New Glucose Revolution for Diabetes (US/Canadian edition) or The Diabetes and Pre-diabetes Handbook (ANZ edition). It will give you the GI and calories per gram of a wide range of […]

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GI Values Update

New GI values from SUGiRSYakult fermented milk drink with Lactobacilis caseiGI 46 with 11 grams carbohydrate per 1/4 cup (65 ml) servingYakult Light fermented milk drink with Lactobacilis caseiGI 36 with 9 grams carbohydrate per 1/4 cup (65 ml) serving Where can I get more information on GI testing? North AmericaDr Alexandra JenkinsGlycemic Index Laboratories36 […]

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GI News—July 2007

How do you follow a low GI diet if the foods in your supermarket haven’t been GI tested? Johanna Burani shares her low GI eating tips that will help you lose weight, and reduce your risk of diabetes and heart disease without worrying about numbers. We are often asked why websites like Montignac’s have different […]

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Food for Thought

What’s so good about the glycemic index?‘It works in the trenches for weight loss and blood glucose management as well as improving your cholesterol,’ says Johanna Burani MS, RD, CDE. And she knows. Readers of GI News may recall the inspiring success stories of two of Johanna’s clients – Amy (September 2006 GI News) and […]

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GI News Podcast

GI News Podcast: Diabetes and Pre-DiabetesIn the fifth of the New Glucose Revolution podcasts, Prof. Jennie Brand-Miller talks about diabetes, the risks associated with pre-diabetes and how the GI can help turn back the clock and prevent pre-diabetes turning into diabetes. Play the Podcast above or download here

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GI News Briefs

When exercising, put the time in‘If you want to say goodbye to cholesterol, you’ve got to get active,’ says Nicole Senior in Eat to Beat Cholesterol. ‘Being active can decrease bad (LDL) cholesterol levels, increase good (HDL) cholesterol levels, improve blood flow and increase your heart’s ability to do its job – pumping blood around […]

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Low GI Recipes of the Month

July’s recipes are ideas for feeding toddlers, school-age kids, teens and adults with type 1 diabetes that the whole family will tuck into happily. They are from The Diabetes and Pre-diabetes Handbook, just published this month in the US and Canada as The New Glucose Revolution for Diabetes. Home economist Diane Temple tested the recipes […]

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Low GI Food of the Month

Nopales – the flesh pads of the prickly pear cactusNopales (with the spines removed) are a traditional ingredient in Mexican cuisine and widely available in Mexican food markets (and some in the US). They are a good source of calcium and vitamin C and contain beta-carotene and iron. They have a small amount of carbohydrate […]

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Your Success Stories

‘I wish more American companies would adopt your ‘G’ symbol’ – Abby‘When I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, I began researching everything I could get my hands on, and luckily I came across your website. Living in the US, my doctor sent me to diabetes education classes, but I was appalled to discover that […]

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Move it and Lose it!

Glenn answers those FAQs about exercise:My top bloke absolutely refuses to set foot in a gym. What can I encourage him to do? What activities do men tend to keep to? Glen Cardwell Running. Most blokes like to don the joggers, the holiday T-shirt (Hawaii, Bahamas, Bali) and the torn shorts and crank out some […]

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Books, DVDs, Websites: What’s New?

THE NEW GLUCOSE REVOLUTION FOR DIABETESThe Definitive Guide to Managing Diabetes and Prediabetes Using The Glycemic IndexBy Dr. Jennie Brand-Miller, Kaye Foster-Powell, Dr. Stephen Colagiuri, Alan W. BarclayPublished by Marlowe & Company This book is a landmark diet and lifestyle guide for everyone either living with diabetes or at risk for it. It is the […]

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Feedback—Your FAQs Answered

I have been hunting for the GI of blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, honeydew melon, tangerine, currants, crab apples, lemon, lime, cumquats, nectarine, plum, rhubarb and have had no luck.Apologies, to our regular GI News readers who have seen this question in other guises more than once before – it’s a regular to gifeedback. To deal with […]

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GI Values Update

The latest GI values Kellogg’s Sustain‘Breakfast is a great opportunity to go for low GI Gold by selecting a low GI breakfast cereal,’ says Prof Jennie Brand-Miller. As there aren’t many low GI packaged breakfast cereals on the supermarket shelves here in Australia, it’s good to see another join the ranks: Kellogg’s Sustain – with […]

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GI News—June 2007

‘Chestnuts roasting on an open fire …’ Did you know that they were part of the staple diet of Southern Europe, Turkey and Asia for centuries. In fact until potatoes arrived on the scene, they were a major source of carbohydrate. And now we know that they are low GI. Check out Food of the […]

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Food for Thought

How low should a low GI diet go?Prof Jennie Brand-Miller and Diabetes Australia’s Alan Barclay believe there’s a real need to define the numerical difference between a low GI diet and a low GI food. Because a low GI food is defined as 55 or less, people have made the reasonable assumption that a whole […]

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GI News Briefs

Putting your genes on a dietIt’s a commonplace to say you are what you eat, but Petteri Kallio and colleagues writing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in May suggest that’s pretty much what’s happening at a molecular level in a study that highlights changes in gene expression in people consuming diets with different […]

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GI News Podcast

GI News Podcast: Strategies for Cooking and Eating Low GI FoodsIn the fourth of the New Glucose Revolution podcasts, Prof. Jennie Brand-Miller talks about strategies for cooking and eating with the glycemic index. Where do you begin? How to get your engine revving at breakfast time. Play the Podcast above or download here

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Low GI Food of the Month

ChestnutsChestnuts are something of an anomaly in the nut family – they are very low in fat and are a great source of smart carbs (GI 54 for crushed uncooked chestnut kernels). They are also high in dietary fibre and rich in minerals like potassium and calcium and in B group vitamins. What else? Well, […]

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Low GI Recipes of the Month

The low GI recipes this month are from Zest, Catherine Saxelby’s new cookbook written with Woman’s Day Food Director, Jennene Plummer and published by Hardie Grant. Each recipe has been analysed for calories/kilojoules, fat, fibre and sodium. Low GI recipes are highlighted. Instant berry foolInstead of berries you can use chopped mangoes, papaya, bananas or […]

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Your Success Stories

‘The low GI lifestyle works. My weight dropped 35 kilos over 18 months.’ – Lisa‘I turned 42 last week and have been living with diabetes since my first pregnancy when I was 23. I was also diagnosed with gestational diabetes at the onset of my second pregnancy 7 months later (yes I know, nice and […]

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Move it and Lose it!

Glenn answers those FAQs about exerciseWhen should I exercise? I have read that you will burn more fat if you exercise before breakfast.The biggest factor for burning body fat is whether you do the activity in the first place. It may be interesting to speculate whether you burn more fat in certain circumstances, but the […]

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Feedback—Your FAQs Answered

My 10-year-old daughter has recently been diagnosed with insulin resistance. We are already eating a low GI diet but I need some help with portion sizing and interesting meals that are kid-friendly. I am having great difficulty finding this information – can you give me some advice?‘That’s a tough one,’ says dietitian Kaye Foster-Powell who […]

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GI Values Update

The latest GI values ChestnutsCrushed uncooked chestnut kernels: GI 54, tested by the International Diabetes Institute, Melbourne Australia. Beech-Nut Good Morning ProductsAs we get lots of questions about healthy foods for kids, we were interested when a press release arrived on our desk (well computer screen) from Beech-Nut Nutrition Corporation. This company develops baby foods […]

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Subscribe – it’s free!To subscribe to GI News, simply click on the SUBSCRIBE link in the top right-hand column. Your questions answeredIf you have posted a question in GI News, be assured that the GI Group will answer this as soon as possible. We welcome your views about our articles and other reader’s suggestions. Please […]

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GI News—May 2007

Real food is our focus for May starting off with Michael Pollan’s 9 rule-of-thumb principles of healthy eating, followed by David Ludwig’s recipe for the whole family to make a ‘Clean Sweep’. We know Clean Sweeps aren’t that easy (or that inexpensive), but David makes it seem very achievable, so give it a try. Take […]

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Food for Thought

Michael Pollan’s rule-of-thumb principles of healthy eating. Michael Pollan Eat Food. Though in our current state of confusion, this is much easier said than done. So try this: Don’t eat anything your great-great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food. (Sorry, but at this point Moms are as confused as the rest of us, which is why we […]

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GI News Podcast

GI News Podcast: Understanding GI Food valuesIn the third of the New Glucose Revolution podcasts, Prof Jennie Brand-Miller explains why the GI value of foods matters for everybody – not just people with diabetes – and where choosing smart carbs that reduce the peaks and troughs of your blood glucose levels fits, in the context […]

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Low GI Food of the Month

Walnuts‘Raw or dry roasted, halved or whole, walnuts are a heart healthy food,’ says Eat to Beat Cholesterol author, Nicole Senior. ‘But, stop at a handful to prevent kilojoule (calorie) overload. They contain very little carbohydrate, so they don’t have a measurable GI, but they are rich in fibre and protein and so can lower […]

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GI News Briefs

The calcium factorA recent study in March Diabetes Care reports that over a 6-month period, a diet rich in low-fat dairy calcium boosted weight loss in overweight people with type 2 diabetes – particularly in females. Those with the highest intake of dairy calcium were 2.4 times more likely to see a weight loss of […]

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Low GI Recipes of the Month

Creamy crispy fish pieThis fish pie created by Dairy Australia’s dietitians has a scrunchy, crunchy filo twist and is on the table in not much more than 30 minutes. Serve it with a grainy bread roll to mop up the juices and a big crispy mixed salad. Serves 4Cooking time 20–25 minutes 2 teaspoons olive […]

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Move it and Lose it!

Glenn Cardwell’s tip for blokesIf you see home exercise machinery advertised suggesting it will make you look like the 25-year-old body builder in the advert, be thankful you aren’t foolish enough to give them your credit card details. For more information see Gold Medal Nutrition. Glen Cardwell Exercise goals for MayFitness expert Joanna McMillan Price […]

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Your Success Stories

People need to get back to eating basic, healthy foods. – AshtonI purchased two of your books. My husband and I have completely changed our eating habits based on the GI. Within the first ten days we lost seven pounds and we feel fantastic. Food prep is a little more involved now and I have […]

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Books, DVDs, Websites: What’s New?

Ending the Food FightGuide your child to a healthy weight in a fast food/fake food worldBy David Ludwig, MD, PhD with Suzanne Rostler, M.S., R.D. Dr David Ludwig, Director of the Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) Program at Children’s Hospital Boston shares his 9-week low-glycemic plan for families with overweight children to give parents the […]

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Feedback—Your FAQs Answered

Dietitians Kaye Foster-Powell and Alan Barclay, co-authors of The Diabetes and Pre-diabetes Handbook answer your questions in feedback this month. I have just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I am not overweight, have a balanced diet and exercise now and again. I am just 20. I have not told my family yet. Can you […]

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