GI News—December 2008

32 chews: why slowing down could help you slim down Squelch hunger pangs with low GI low-energy-dense foods Prof Trim on alcohol and weight Celebrate with dealcoholised wines and beers Johanna’s sensational Spiced Pears with Zabaglione Sauce This issue of GI News is packed with tips to help you keep the pounds at bay over […]

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Food for Thought

Slow down and you could slim downWhen Uncle Percy came to dinner, we always found it hard to keep a straight face with the inevitable lecture on chewing each mouthful 32 times! We later discovered he was a huge fan of The Great Masticator, Horace Fletcher, who believed that ‘prolonged chewing precluded overeating, led to […]

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News Briefs

How tight is right and how to get there With the explosive development of new classes of blood glucose-lowering medications offering an increased number of treatment choices, the question for physicians and for people with diabetes is how tight is right and how to get there. In an editorial in Archives of Internal Medicine, Dr […]

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Food of the Month with Catherine Saxelby

Chocolate – pleasurable indulgence or antioxidant-rich super food? Catherine Saxelby Chocolate is the world’s favourite flavour for ice cream, cakes, sweet sauces and milk shakes and those who say they don’t like it are few and far between. Each new study on the alleged benefits of chocolate’s antioxidants is greeted with glee (and headlines), and […]

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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 whip up healthy, low GI meals and snacks. For more of Kate’s fabulous fare, check out her website: www.lovetocook.co.uk. For now, prepare and share good food with family and friends. Kate Hemphill Cardamom […]

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Busting Food Myths with Nicole Senior

Myth: Sea salt is healthier Nicole Senior Fact: All salt contains sodium harmful to your healthNot to be too dramatic, but the saying “pure, white and deadly” is quite fitting for this ubiquitous food ingredient. If it’s good luck you want, you’re better off throwing a pinch of salt over your shoulder than into your […]

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Healthy Kids with Susie Burrell

Lifestyle lesson number 4: Christmas is just one day!Christmas and the school holidays can be a challenge for families with too many high calorie, high fat foods in the home along with all those hours to be filled as structured activities go on hold, friends go away for the holidays and screens (TV, computer, movie) […]

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Move It & Lose It with Prof Trim

Why alcohol is not totally innocent in the lard production department Of the three biochemical means of metabolising alcohol, none result in its direct conversion to fat. However, research from several centres shows that our inhibitions go down when we have a drink. Hence those fattening salted peanuts look more appealing, and the means of […]

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Curly Questions

Any tips for enjoying a low GI Christmas dinner without piling on the pounds? The roast turkey is non negotiable!Putting on weight over the Christmas period is a problem for many of us – all that eating with family and friends. But, it’s more likely to be all the trimmings and treats that pile on […]

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Your Success Stories

‘How I Lost 80 Pounds (36 kg) with Smart Carb Eating.’ – Richard Price ‘I became a type 2 diabetic about 15 years ago, and have learned how to control my weight and blood glucose with diet and exercise. I lost 80 pounds (36 kg) and am a member of the National Weight Loss Registry […]

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GI Symbol News with Alan Barclay

Oh what a difference your bread choice can make! Alan Barclay ‘A lack of satisfying, filling foods is a hurdle for many people when trying to maintain a balanced, healthy diet. There are a lot of diets and food fads that claim to improve satiety – which is why we were keen to conduct a […]

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The Latest GI Values with Fiona Atkinson

Chocolate #9 GI 46This tasty chocolate treat was GI tested by GI Labs in Toronto. It is thick gel that’s a blend of organic low GI agave and Belgian-style dark chocolate. Although it’s much lower in fat and calories than the equivalent amount of dark chocolate, remember it’s still a ‘sometimes’ food, especially for anyone […]

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Making the Most of GI News

Subscribe – it’s free!To subscribe to GI News, simply click on the SUBSCRIBE link in the top right-hand column. Help us be sure our email newsletter isn’t filtered as spam. Add “*protected email*” to your address book to ‘whitelist’ us with your filter, helping future issues of GI News get to your inbox. Your questions answeredIf […]

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GI News—November 2008

GI values for over 2,480 foods in the 2008 International tables of glycemic index Prof Trim: ‘The real issue is not if you are fat, but where the fat’s gone.’ ‘It’s not how much fat you eat, it’s the type that counts,’ says Nicole Senior ‘The GI can be a great friend and tool to […]

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Food for Thought

Inflammation and obesity ‘Any changes aimed at reducing weight without changing all aspects of lifestyle are doomed to failure in the long term in today’s inflammatory environment,’ writes Prof. Garry Egger in his newsletter, Professor Trim’s Waistline (23). ‘So, while health “experts” and dinner party guests continue to argue the merits of the Atkins over […]

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News Briefs

GI of over 2,480 individual food items published The International tables of glycemic index 2008 produced by researchers from the University of Sydney’s Human Nutrition Unit have been published online in Diabetes Care. The tables give the GI (glycemic index) of over 2,480 individual food items – doubling previous data. The key findings says lead […]

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Food of the Month with Catherine Saxelby

Ginger it up! Catherine Saxelby Whether you enjoy it fresh or dried, ginger adds a wonderful fragrance and pungency to your cooking. A key medicinal in traditional Chinese medicine (it has been used for over 2,500 years and it has a reputation for relieving stomach upsets as well as being a digestive aid), many of […]

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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 her website: www.lovetocook.co.uk. For now, prepare and share good food with family and friends. Kate Hemphill Carrot, ginger […]

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Busting Food Myths with Nicole Senior

Myth: A low fat diet is best Nicole Senior Fact: It’s not how much fat you eat, it’s what type of fat that counts.It’s fair to say most people are scared of fat and try to avoid it. However, failure to eat the right kinds of fat is a primary reason why Australia’s national average […]

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Curly Questions

So many times one reads: ‘Eat nuts regularly – a small handful’. Since hand sizes differ greatly I would appreciate if possible some kind of measurement. Good question. That serving ‘a small handful’ is 30–50 g (1–1¾ oz) and doesn’t include the tempting salted kinds. Enjoy that unsalted ‘handful’ 5–7 times a week and halve […]

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Move It & Lose It with Prof Trim

The real issue is not if you are fat, but where the fat’s goneSo you’ve put on weight – that happens when humans spend too much time in the good paddock. But the real issue is where the fat’s gone – to your belly, to your hips or to places unknown. The average punter typically […]

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Your Success Stories

‘The GI can be a great friend and tool to anyone that battles weight and carb cravings.’ – Stephanie‘I always worked out with weights, and occasional cardio. After my father died, my family broke apart. With all the stress and court drama, I turned to high carb and convenience and comfort foods. I gained 30 […]

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The Latest GI Values with Fiona Atkinson

Shopper’s Guide to GI ValuesThis summary lists the average GI values of more than 60 common carbohydrate-containing foods to help you put the lower GI choices into your shopping trolley and on your plate. The complete 2008 International Tables with the GI of over 2,480 individual food items are published in Diabetes Care (subscription required). […]

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Making the Most of GI News

Subscribe – it’s free!To subscribe to GI News, simply click on the SUBSCRIBE link in the top right-hand column. Help us be sure our email newsletter isn’t filtered as spam. Add “*protected email*” to your address book to ‘whitelist’ us with your filter, helping future issues of GI News get to your inbox. Your questions answeredIf […]

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GI News—October 2008

40 new GI values Spices protect against high blood glucose Why isn’t the weight coming off my waist? Is there a GI number I should strive for each day? Camomile tea and diabetes Can you die of a ‘broken heart’? For a whole range of reasons we tend to classify foods as being ‘good’ or […]

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Food for Thought

All food is goodFor a whole range of reasons we tend to classify foods as being ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Dietitian Glenn Cardwell suggests we change our way of thinking about food and drop the guilt trip. It’s about the ratio not the food he says in his new book, Getting Kids to Eat Well. Here’s […]

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News Briefs

Canadian Diabetes Association announces new Clinical Practice GuidelinesOne of three key nutrition messages of the new guidelines is ‘Replacing high-glycemic index carbohydrates with low-glycemic index carbohydrates in mixed meals has a clinically significant effect on glycemic control in people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.’ The other two key nutrition messages: ‘Nutrition therapy can […]

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Food of the Month with Catherine Saxelby

Want to lose weight? Add more mushrooms Catherine Saxelby Mushrooms add a rich deep savoury flavour for very few calories and are almost as indispensable as onions in cooking. Think of the difference mushrooms make to stroganoff, risotto, omelet, stir-fries, salads and of course stuffed mushrooms. It’s all due to their high content of glutamate, […]

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Low GI Recipes of the Month

Mushroom and asparagus noodle soup with sprouts and chilli With mushrooms the flavour of the month, we asked Veronica Cuskelly to share one of her recipes from her new book (with Nicole Senior), Heart Food. Veronica says: ‘Don’t be dismayed by the length of the ingredient list. The flavours combine to create a truly mouth-watering […]

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Busting Food Myths with Nicole Senior

Myth: You can’t die of a broken heart Nicole Senior Fact: Yes you can, but heart-friendly food shared with loved ones might well be the cure. A broken heart may well be the stuff of romantic novels and sonnets, however modern medicine is now shining a light on the connection between the wellbeing of the […]

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Healthy Kids with Susie Burrell

Lifestyle Lesson 3: Table talk matters (with the television off)For many modern families, the idea of sitting down together to enjoy a home-cooked meal at 6 pm each weeknight is a pretty unfamiliar scenario. Long working hours with even longer commutes, both parents at work and an increasing number of single parent families are just […]

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Move It & Lose It with Prof Trim

‘Help! I’m losing off the arms and shoulders, but it doesn’t seem to be coming off the waist.’ – JimFat cells on the male upper body are all similar i.e. they’re large and lipolytic meaning that they give up their fat as energy easily. The waist, for most men, is where they store reserves of […]

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Curly Questions

“I am a type 2 diabetic who tracks my carbs with the GI; however, I was wondering about how the GI should actually be used when other foods that are high in protein, but contain the proper amount and type of fat too, are eaten knowing this slows the digestive process and helps regulated the […]

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Your Success Stories

‘I’m having fewer hypos, I am on low doses of insulin and I feel much better.’ – Sarah‘About six months ago I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes, which I managed with insulin. I read lots of handouts about how to manage diabetes with diet, but the focus was very much on reducing sugar in my […]

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GI Symbol News with Alan Barclay

Can you count on the carbs? Alan Barclay A reader recently asked about the accuracy of the carb count (in grams) on food labels. It’s an excellent question and there isn’t a simple answer. Under most national ‘food laws,’ two ‘carb counting’ methods are allowed. The amount of carbohydrate listed on the food label can […]

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The Latest GI Values with Fiona Atkinson

Woolworths Select pasta meals and instant noodlesAlfredo Pasta & Sauce GI 57Cracked Pepper & Cheese Pasta & Sauce GI 48Four Cheese Pasta & Sauce GI 55Macaroni Cheese Pasta & Sauce GI 48Sour Cream & Chives Pasta & Sauce GI 50Creamy Bacon Carbonara Pasta & Sauce GI 54Instant Noodles (Beef, Chicken and Oreintal) GI 52 The […]

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Making the Most of GI News

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GI News—September 2008

No one diet has a monopoly on good health 7 healthy eating habits from Greece The latest on diet and diabetes risk Life stages and critical mass with Prof Trim Spotlight on glycemic load claims GI values for Woolworths Select range This month, Dr Antigone Kouris shares some healthy eating habits from from Greece and […]

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News Briefs

High GI diet speeds progression to type 1 diabetes in at risk kidsA high GI diet increased the rate of progression to type 1 diabetes in children with high levels of islet autoimmunity is the finding of an observational study published in August Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. This is ‘perhaps due to increased […]

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Food for Thought

No one ‘diet’ has a monopoly on good health Just as there’s no one superfood, there’s no one super diet that’s going to be right for everybody. The recent Israeli head-to-header published in the New England Journal of Medicine adds to the growing evidence that the optimal diet for weight loss, for example, can be […]

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Busting Food Myths with Nicole Senior

Myth: Kids don’t get high cholesterol Nicole Senior Fact: Children can have high cholesterol and the numbers are increasing in step with the number of children who are overweight and obese. The risk factors for high cholesterol in children are the same as those for adults. That is, being overweight or obese, eating too much […]

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Food of the Month with Catherine Saxelby

Oregano and rosemary Catherine Saxelby Picking up on this month’s Mediterranean theme, it seems appropriate to highlight two very special herbs, oregano and rosemary, that not only add flavour to traditional Greek cooking but research suggests they may bring health benefits of their own, thanks to a high concentration of antioxidants – substances that protect […]

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Low GI Recipes of the Month

From this month, American dietitian Johanna Burani will be sharing some of her totally simple and simply delicious low GI Italian fare. Johanna has a home in Friuli, in northeastern Italy, which she visits frequently – always in pursuit of new recipes. Smashed Tomatoes and Penne from her most recent trip is a taste of […]

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Healthy Kids with Susie Burrell

Lifestyle Lesson 2: Monitor your children’s growth regularlyMany young people have a significant weight problem (1 in 4 in Australia for example), yet few parents realise it – numerous studies show parents don’t seem to notice when children have weight problems until they are obese. It is easy to monitor children’s growth patterns, and it […]

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Curly Questions

Thrifty low GI eating. We are often asked about food costs eating the low GI way. Have your say on how GI News readers can stretch the weekly food budget.‘Spend as much as you can at the green grocer, as much as you need at the butcher, and as little as you can at the […]

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Move It & Lose It with Prof Trim

Critical mass Body weight is like sand on a beach. It comes and goes. But sometimes it builds up to a big wide beach, and other times it thins out, depending on the sand available. With weight gain, this generally occurs slowly over a lifetime. However, there are some life stages and some life events […]

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GI Symbol News with Alan Barclay

Alan Barclay ‘Are there guidelines covering manufacturers making the claim on food labels and in advertising that their product has a low glycemic load (GL)?’ Yes there are guidelines for cut-offs. Back in 2003, Prof Jennie Brand-Miller and colleagues suggested that the following cut-offs be used to describe the glycemic load (GL) of individual foods: […]

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Your Success Stories

‘In six months I lost over 25 kg. It has been a very interesting and enjoyable journey … and I bore my friends with the details! Some think I am obsessive (possibly true).’ – Robert My diet management, fitness improvement and weight loss program was based on the recommendations in The Low GI Diet: 12-Week […]

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The Latest GI Values with Fiona Atkinson

Back in August, GI News announced that one of Australia’s leading supermarket chains, Woolworths, had joined the GI Symbol program with their Woolworths Select range. Here are the GI values for the tortilla, breakfast cereals and canned fruits that will be carrying the symbol. Woolworths Select Traditional White Corn Tortilla GI 53 Woolworths Naytura Fruit […]

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Making the Most of GI News

Subscribe – it’s free!To subscribe to GI News, simply click on the SUBSCRIBE link in the top right-hand column. Help us be sure our email newsletter isn’t filtered as spam. Add “*protected email*” to your address book to ‘whitelist’ us with your filter, helping future issues of GI News get to your inbox. Your questions answeredIf […]

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GI News—August 2008

Fruit juice and diabetes risk Turmeric’s blood glucose benefits Can you worry the weight off? Low GI diet reduces cancer risk Will jelly beans at half time give sporty kids more energy? GI News Chinese edition launched This month, as GI News heads into its fourth year with 50,000 plus subscribers, Prof Jennie Brand Miller […]

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Food for Thought

The lowdown on low GI eatingProf Jennie Brand-Miller talks to GI News with the release of the fourth edition of her book, The Low GI Handbook (previously published as The New Glucose Revolution). We asked her to describe what she feels is the key to a low GI diet. Jennie Brand-Miller ‘I find that it’s […]

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News Briefs

Mediterranean diet and diabetesMiguel Martinez-Gonzalez and colleagues at the University of Navarra in Spain writing in the British Medical Journal report that sticking closely to a Mediterranean-style diet may protect against the development of type 2 diabetes. Study participants were 13,380 healthy university graduates (average age 38). Their dietary habits were validated with a food […]

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Food of the Month with Catherine Saxelby

Cranberries – is the jury still out? Catherine Saxelby The tart, bright red cranberry is a cousin of the blueberry. Fresh or frozen, like other berries, they are low in carbs and calories and virtually fat free. They are a good source of vitamin C along with some folate, potassium and beta-carotene which is converted […]

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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 her website: www.lovetocook.co.uk. For now, prepare and share good food with family and friends. Kate Hemphill Steak Salad […]

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Busting Food Myths with Nicole Senior

Myth: Stress keeps you trim Nicole Senior Fact: Wiry worry-worts really give the wrong impression about the role of stress and weight loss. It’s more likely that stress makes you fat. And even if it doesn’t, the anxious “type A” personality or “stress junkie” is at greater risk of dying from a heart attack or […]

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Healthy Kids with Susie Burrell

In the coming months, pediatric dietitian Susie Burrell will share 10 little lifestyle lessons for healthy kids and happy family meals with GI News readers.Susie Burrell Lifestyle Lesson 1: Children are unlikely to like vegetables first time aroundWhat it is about vegetables? They are the most commonly reported foods that children do not like? The […]

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Move It & Lose It with Prof Trim

Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a queen, and dinner like a pauperWe know that what we eat is important for weight gain. We know less about the importance of how we eat. Traditionally, it’s been thought that larger meals earlier in the day will lead to less weight gain, but this has typically […]

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Curly Questions

Should you be worried about the GI status of your food?In this podcast recorded in July 2008, Prof Jennie Brand-Miller talks to ABC Radio’s Hilary Harper and answers the question: “Should you be worried about the GI status of your food?” Jennie also answers questions from callers. Play the Podcast above or download here Some […]

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Your Success Stories

‘For anyone starting their journey into low GI eating, embrace it, the health benefits are enormous.’ – RobinI discovered a low GI way of life in March 2006 when my weight was 125 kg (275 lbs). By August of that year my weight had dropped to 94 kg (207 lbs) and I was well on […]

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GI Symbol News with Alan Barclay

Alan Barclay Getting those slow carbs into the shopping trolleyAround the globe, rates of overweight/obesity are growing at an alarming rate with type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers increasing as a direct result. Now more than ever, there is an urgent need to take action to stem the tide before it hits us […]

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The Latest GI Values with Fiona Atkinson

A reader drew our attention to a meal replacement product called BODYform recently with a GI of 15 and asked us what we knew about it and had we tested it.No we haven’t tested it, but we took a look at the website of the Australian distributor (it’s a German product). The label states that […]

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Making the Most of GI News

Subscribe – it’s free!To subscribe to GI News, simply click on the SUBSCRIBE link in the top right-hand column. Help us be sure our email newsletter isn’t filtered as spam. Add “*protected email*” to your address book to ‘whitelist’ us with your filter, helping future issues of GI News get to your inbox. Your questions answeredIf […]

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GI News—July 2008

Are goji berries really a superfood? Inflammation, blood glucose and heart health. What you need to know. Do you have the sweet tooth gene? Tight glucose control and heart disease. Some questions answered. The Low GI Handbook – all the latest research in one book. Does milk make mucus? This month we welcome Catherine Saxelby […]

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Food for Thought

Quench inflammation and protect your heartThe statistics for heart disease are pretty much the same everywhere in the developed world. It’s the biggest killer. Often the cause is atherosclerosis or ‘hardening of the arteries’ which develops slowly and quietly for years until bingo, it suddenly produces the stabbing pain of angina or a heart attack. […]

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News Briefs

GI News special reportTight glucose control and heart diseaseEarlier this year, we reported that part of a major US clinical trial (ACCORD) had been halted when researchers checking interim results found that more people receiving intensive glucose lowering therapy died (257 deaths) compared with those getting the standard treatment (203 deaths). Half of the deaths […]

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Food of the Month

We read the marketing blurb for book recently that boldly stated: ‘Superfruits are the product of a strategy, not something you find growing on a tree.’ So, we have asked dietitian and nutritionist Catherine Saxelby to put some of those much touted ‘superfoods’ incuding ‘superfruits’ under the spotlight for GI News readers in the coming […]

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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 her website: www.lovetocook.co.uk. For now, prepare and share good food with family and friends. Kate Hemphill ChakchoukaTry this […]

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Busting Food Myths with Nicole Senior

Myth: Milk causes mucus (and other dairy myths) Nicole Senior Fact: Milk seems to attract more than its fair share of myths. This is unfortunate as it puts people off eating enough dairy foods when we know they are an important part of a healthy diet. One of the most common myths is that drinking […]

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Dr David’s Tips for Raising Healthy Kids

Out of sight out of mindParents often ask me what’s the simplest thing to do to help their kids to a healthy weight in a fast food/fake food world? My answer: turn your home into a nutritional safe zone. Purge the pantry and fridge of junk foods that are high in calories and low in […]

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Move It & Lose It with Prof Trim

Lift it and shift it‘While I regularly go for a walk, and even sometimes go the gym for a light aerobics class, my gym instructor keeps trying to talk me into lifting weights. Is there any real reason why I should do this when all I’m after is some weight loss.’Sounds like you might already […]

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Your Questions Answered

‘I’ve been attempting to use the glycemic index to help me consume the correct foods after intense workouts. But, I’m terribly confused as various articles on the subject sometime seems to contradict one another. Should I be having high or low GI carbs?’ Dr Emma Stevenson GI News invited Dr Emma Stevenson from Northumbria University’s […]

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Your Success Stories

‘I have just started my sister on eating low GI food, hopefully she’ll have as much success as myself.’ – Vicki‘I am a 50 year old female who had VERY unhealthy eating habits. I had spinal fusion in my neck in 2003, as a result my thyroid went haywire! Then in 2005 I had to […]

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GI Symbol News with Alan Barclay

Why do most dairy products have a low GI? The unique combination of proteins and sugars that occur naturally in dairy foods that contain carbohydrates (cheese doesn’t) are the reason that most have a low GI. In case you didn’t know, the primary source of carbohydrate in dairy food is lactose, which in its pure […]

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The Latest GI Values

Canned soupsSoups are great for light meals and lunches. Even as a snack in wintry weather. Over the years SUGiRS has tested a number of convenient canned and packet soups. Fiona has just completed testing another:Campbells Country Ladle Chicken and Vegetable with Wholegrain Pasta canned soup. Here are the details:GI 45; Serve size 1 cup […]

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Making the Most of GI News

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GI News—June 2008

The pros and cons of juices and juicing Prof. David Jenkins’s Eco-Atkins diet Gestational diabetes and a low GI diet Should people over 50 eat more protein? Do we get all the vitamin D we need from the sun? Low GI carbs benefit young people with type 1 diabetes In a recent op-ed New York […]

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Food for Thought

Fuelling willpowerThe benefits of carbs (glucose), the brain’s critical fuel source, in tests like word recall, maze learning, arithmetic, short-term memory, rapid information processing and reasoning are well documented. All types of people – young people, university students, people with diabetes, healthy elderly people and those with Alzheimer’s disease – have shown an improvement in […]

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News Briefs

Eco-Atkins diet: good for you and good for the environmentProf. David Jenkins, the father of the glycemic index, wondered what would happen if you swapped the butter, eggs, cheese and meat in the Atkins diet for soy and other vegetable protein foods including gluten and vegetable fats, nuts, avocado, olive and canola oil. In effect […]

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Food of the Month

Juices and juicingWe are often asked about the benefits of juice as a way of totting up those daily fruit and veggie serves. Here, dietitian and nutritionist Catherine Saxelby explains the pros and cons of juices and juicing and provides tips on enjoying these (usually) low GI drinks along with some great fruit and veggie […]

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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 her website: www.lovetocook.co.uk. For now, prepare and share good food with family and friends. Kate Hemphill Lemon and […]

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Busting Food Myths with Nicole Senior

Myth: We get all the vitamin D we need from the sun. Nicole Senior Fact: My mother was recently told she had low vitamin D levels. I was quite surprised as she is an active lady who loves the outdoors and spending time in her garden. Living in a sunny country like Australia, surely she […]

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Dr David’s Tips for Raising Healthy Kids

So you think you can dance?There’s no two ways about it. You can. So shake it.I am often asked the following question: ‘Isn’t obesity mostly a question of biology? If you happen to be born with “fat genes,” isn’t there really very little you can do about it?’ It can seem overwhelmingly difficult to maintain […]

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Move It & Lose It with Prof Trim

Should people over 50 eat more protein? And does this need to be timed with exercise?Losing muscle mass is a significant problem with age. Combined with an increase in fat mass, this can lead to decreased ability to carry out daily tasks, increased prospects for dangerous weight gain and a greater potential for damaging falls. […]

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Your Questions Answered

I am curious why cereals like Bran Flakes and Sultana Bran that look so healthy, and everyone assumes are healthy, actually have a high GI? Bran Flakes and Sultana Bran (Raisin Bran in the US) are fibre-rich breakfast cereals designed to keep you ‘healthy on the inside’ as the ads say. But sadly they are […]

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Your Success Stories

‘Just wanted to say I was glad to see that there is support for the low GI diet in youth with type 1 diabetes.’ – G. ‘Last summer (2007) my daughter had a sports physical 3 weeks before turning 15 and we discovered she had type 1 diabetes. Her A1c was 12.7. We read all […]

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GI Symbol News with Alan Barclay

Saturated fat and GI symbolsA reader recently sent in the following question: ‘I have noticed that many food products labelled as being low GI actually contain more than 10% saturated fats. Doesn’t this defeat the purpose of aiming for a healthy diet?’ Alan Barclay I’ll answer this question in two parts. First of all, foods […]

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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* http://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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Making the Most of GI News

Subscribe – it’s free!To subscribe to GI News, simply click on the SUBSCRIBE link in the top right-hand column. Help us be sure our email newsletter isn’t filtered as spam. Add “*protected email*” to your address book to ‘whitelist’ us with your filter, helping future issues of GI News get to your inbox. Your questions answeredIf […]

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GI News—May 2008

Eating the Okinawan way Low GI benefits for type 1 diabetes Bitter melons and blood glucose Should you be eating eggs? Prof. Trim on skin and sin The real deal on ‘lite’ foods For over 10 years, Bradley and Craig Willcox have been studying the people of Okinawa, Japan, the longest living (800 centenarians out […]

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Food for Thought

Hara hachi bu – eat only until you are 80% full‘Far off in the East China Sea, between the main islands of Japan and Taiwan, is an archipelago of 161 beautiful, lush green islands known as Okinawa. The beaches are a dazzling powdery white; the waters are crystal turquoise, and the pristine subtropical rainforests house […]

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News Briefs

Low GI benefits for young people with type 1 diabetes‘A low GI diet may reduce glucose excursions and improve glycemic control in children with type 1 diabetes,’ says Dr Tonja Nansel from the US National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, commenting on her pilot study published in Diabetes Care in April. She also […]

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Food of the Month

Go nuts for lifeDietitian and Nuts for Life program manager says: ‘Bring back the Waldorf Salad – lettuce, apple, walnuts and dressing.’ We asked why. ‘Well, nuts are among the superheros of the modern day diet just as they were in Paleolithic times’ says Lisa. ‘They are a source of good fats, healthy protein and […]

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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 her website: www.lovetocook.co.uk. For now, prepare and share good food with family and friends. Kate Hemphill We thought […]

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Busting Food Myths with Nicole Senior

Myth: Eggs are bad for the heart. Nicole Senior Fact: Ever wondered why egg-white omelettes became so popular? Lord knows it wasn’t for the flavour! It’s a classic case of food egg-stremism resulting in the poor old egg copping a bad wrap. Eggs were shunned because of their cholesterol content, but looking a little deeper […]

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Dr David’s Tips for Raising Healthy Kids

Are your kids fussy eaters, or are they really full when they say they are? There’s no question about it, parents like to see clean plates at the end of dinner. And that’s not surprising considering the effort that goes into preparing the meal and wanting to nourish your family. A recent report published in […]

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Move It & Lose It with Prof Trim

Skin and SinDid you know that being fat can affect your skin as well as your gut? Excess body weight has been found to be associated with a form of low-level inflammation in blood vessels and cells throughout the body. It is this, which seems to be the link between obesity and certain forms of […]

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Your Questions Answered

We are often asked about reduced fat foods. Here, dietitian and nutritionist Catherine Saxelby explains when to opt for ‘light’ and when to be wary of the low fat claims on the packet. I’m trying to lose a little weight, so should I be buying light foods? Low fat or ‘light’ food products are very […]

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Your Success Stories

‘I am going for it and will achieve the 82 kg goal.’ – GregI am 64 year old RAAF veteran, ex aviation then mine fire fighter and mine rescue officer with a total of 38 years in the profession. I suffer with PTSD, RLS, sleep apnoea, and my blood pressure, weight (102.5 kg / 226 […]

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GI Symbol News with Alan Barclay

‘Why is it that salt content doesn’t appear to rate a mention in comments about diet and diabetes? I have found a number of breakfast cereals and breads proudly displaying a low GI symbol but containing as much as 5 times the recommended maximum amount of salt.’There are many low GI claims on foods and […]

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