GI News—December 2011

Eating fish regularly linked to lower risk of diabetes and heart disease Low GI diet, with or without a change in weight, is good for overall health Holiday cooking with low GI Carisma potatoes Is a day or two of festive overeating harmless? How to lower the GI of your baking Submit a low GI […]

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Food for Thought

Ten million meals “My name is Ken and I am a rough sleeper. I have been living on the streets of Sydney for the past 10 years and I am 62 years old. The years have been very hard on both mind and body, but one thing has made the past five years bearable and […]

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News Briefs

Low GI diet, with or without a change in weight, is good for overall healthA randomised controlled trial from the Diogenes study published in Circulation indicates that eating a low GI diet, with or without a change in weight, is good for your overall health and will help prevent the diseases that are linked to […]

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Get the Scoop with Emma Stirling

The scoop on staying on the health track over the holidays Emma Stirling APD As we enter the home stretch to the holidays, tis the season to be jolly and cocktail parties, neighbourhood gatherings, work functions and backyard BBQs crowd our calendars, just as leftovers crowd our fridge and pantry. So, how can you stay […]

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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. For more information, check out Johanna’s website. The photographs are by Sergio Burani. His food, travel and wine photography website is photosbysergio.com. Cheese-filled leek cannelloniThis is my friend Vanda’s recipe. She […]

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Busting Food Myths with Nicole Senior

Nicole Senior Myth: Festive overeating is harmless.Fact: Festive overeating can have adverse health consequences. It’s time to outsmart our primitive instincts and engage higher order thinking about how much we eat during the holidays. The holiday season is rapidly approaching and chief cooks in households around the world are starting to think about what festive […]

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GI Symbol News with Dr Alan Barclay

Dr Alan Barclay Celebrating the low GI wayYou don’t have to forsake all of your favourite foods to avoid the battle of the bulge. Watching the amount of food you eat and swapping rich and fatty high GI foods for healthy low GI alternatives will help keep you on an even keel over the festive […]

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GI Update

Prof Jennie Brand-Miller answers your questions Prof Jennie Brand-Miller I’m an avid cook, and I love December’s festive fare from the shaped special biscuits to Christmas cake and pudding and mince pies. Which flours, if any, are low GI? To date there are no GI values for any raw flours of any kind – whether […]

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Making the Most of GI News

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GI News—November 2011

GI pioneer Prof David Jenkins on GI and the best diet for longterm health Prof Jennie Brand-Miller on GI and mixed meals Babies and blood glucose Why physical activity matters for managing BGLs The scoop on sugar-free foods Does taking vitamin supplements make you healthier? New GI values for Vita-Weat Lunch slices, Up&Go Breakfast Yoghurt […]

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Food for Thought

Fiona Atkinson talks to Prof David Jenkins on GI, diet and longterm health ‘I recently had a great opportunity to talk to Professor David Jenkins (a professor in the Departments of Medicine and Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, a staff physician in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, and the Director of […]

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News Briefs

Babies and blood glucose In a review in The British Journal of Nutrition of the current literature on maternal glycemia and the role of the dietary GI and its impact on pregnancy outcomes, the authors conclude: ‘Data from clinical studies in healthy pregnant women have documented that consuming a low-GI diet during pregnancy reduces peaks […]

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Get the Scoop with Emma Stirling

The scoop on sugar-free foods Emma Stirling APD For many years people with diabetes were told to cut out sugar completely. So it’s not surprising that we saw a huge increase in the number of products, from chewing gum to yoghurt, sweetened with alternatives. But in recent times ‘sugar free’ has come under the spotlight […]

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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. For more information, check out Johanna’s website. The photographs are by Sergio Burani. His food, travel and wine photography website is photosbysergio.com. Broccoli rabe tricolore‘Tricolore’ is how the Italians refer to […]

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Busting Food Myths with Nicole Senior

Nicole Senior Myth: Taking vitamin supplements make you healthierFact: Supplements are only helpful to cover deficiencies and only paper over the cracks of a poor diet. There are some health risks attached to popping nutrient pills.This month’s topic came about after a study was published in the well-respected journal Archives of Internal Medicine that found […]

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GI Symbol News with Dr Alan Barclay

Dr Alan Barclay The incredible GI journeyResearch on the GI started a world-wide glucose revolution as it clearly showed that carbs didn’t affect our BGLs the way we thought they did at all. Initially freeing people with diabetes from overly restrictive diets, using the GI as a dietary tool has moved on to weight management […]

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GI Update

Prof Jennie Brand-Miller answers your questions Prof Jennie Brand-Miller Can the GI be applied to everyday meals?Criticism of the GI has focused on unpredictable outcomes of blood glucose values after meals because of variations in fat, protein and fibre content. Most of our meals consist of a variety of foods – not just a single […]

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Making the Most of GI News

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GI News—October 2011

GI and reducing your risk of breast cancer Low blood glucose and food cravings Keep an eye on your eyesight if you have diabetes Nicole Senior debunks the myth that canola oil and margarine cause macular degeneration Catherine Saxelby delivers the scoop on lutein-rich spinach Miracle foods, myths and the media – download this NHS […]

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Food for Thought

Why you need to keep an eye on your eyesight if you have diabetesOur sight is something most of us fear losing the most. Protecting it is one of the most important things we can do to help maintain quality and enjoyment of life. And for anyone with diabetes, it’s vital to be vigilant because […]

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News Briefs

Free eye examination for people at risk of AMD, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma The Centre for Eye Health in Sydney (Australia), an initiative of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT and The University of New South Wales, provides state-of-the-art eye imaging and visual system diagnostic services to the general community, at no charge. A major goal of CFEH […]

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Get the Scoop with Foodwatch’s Catherine Saxelby

The scoop on lutein-rich spinach Catherine Saxelby If you’re not adding spinach to your meals, you’re missing out on a dark green leafy vegetable that’s chock full of vitamins, minerals and plant compounds (phytochemicals). It’s one of those vegetables that is always recommended for peak health. The trick is to find ways to incorporate it […]

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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. For more information, check out Johanna’s website. The photographs are by Sergio Burani. His food, travel and wine photography website is photosbysergio.com. Marinated eggplant slicesAccording to some sources, Italians have been […]

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Busting Food Myths with Nicole Senior

Nicole Senior Myth: Canola oil and margarines cause macular degeneration.Fact: Good fats – including canola oil and trans-free unsaturated spreads are probably protective against AMD.One of worst things about food myths is the – albeit unintentional – harm they can cause. Such as was the case a few years back in Australia when an ophthalmologists […]

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GI Symbol News with Dr Alan Barclay

Dr Alan Barclay Reducing your risk of breast cancer through a healthy lifestyleIn Australia and the US, breast cancer accounts for around 1 in 4 cases of all cancers, and the number of cases has more than doubled over the past 25 years. There are a large number of risk factors for breast cancer that […]

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GI Update

Prof Jennie Brand-Miller answers your questions Prof Jennie Brand-Miller My mother has been diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration and besides being told to take lutein and zeaxanthin supplements, she was advised to up her leafy green veggie intake and to eat a healthy low GI diet. Can you explain how a low GI diet would […]

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Making the Most of GI News

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GI News—September 2011

Beat your metabolic rate and burn your fat stores – Prof Jennie Brand-Miller explains Red meat and diabetes risk Green vegies, dried fruit, legumes and brown rice linked to fewer colon polyps The scoop on vitamin D with Emma Stirling New GI values for meal replacement shakes, soups and bars Nicole Senior’s new book, Belly […]

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Food for Thought

Beat your metabolic rate and burn your fat stores – Prof Jennie Brand-Miller explains how Prof Jennie Brand-Miller Our genetic make-up underlies our metabolic rate – how many kilojoules (calories) we burn per minute. Bodies, like cars, differ in this regard. A bigger body like a bigger car requires more fuel to run than a […]

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News Briefs

Muscle up and reduce your risk of prediabetesA recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism shows that higher muscle mass (relative to body size) is associated with better insulin sensitivity and a lower risk of diabetes and prediabetes. Although previous studies have shown that very low muscle mass is a risk […]

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Get the Scoop with Emma Stirling

The scoop on vitamin D Emma Stirling APD There’s been hot debate lately about the pros and cons of getting your little ray of sunshine. Nutritionists have long understood the importance of sunlight in helping people meet their vitamin D requirements. And we are learning more and more about the role of vitamin D in […]

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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. For more information, check out Johanna’s website. The photographs are by Sergio Burani. His food, travel and wine photography website is photosbysergio.com. Fresh nectarines with port wine drizzleLate summer fruit and […]

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Busting Food Myths with Nicole Senior

Myth: A big belly isn’t that badFact: A big belly – while very common, especially in men – is bad news for your health.There are a lot of folks struggling to wrap their arms around their special someone, and a lot of special someones struggling to tie their own shoelaces because of a big belly. […]

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GI Symbol News with Dr Alan Barclay

Dr Alan Barclay What’s missing from traffic light labelling?Like many countries, Australia is in the midst of an overweight/obesity epidemic and this in turn is creating an epidemic of diet-related chronic diseases, most notably type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke). Australian Government policy guidelines around food labelling have “agreed to tackle […]

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GI Update

Prof Jennie Brand-Miller answers your questionsCan you explain to me why controlling your insulin levels is important for trimming inches off your waistline?Controlling insulin levels is the name of the game when it comes to being able to tighten your belt a notch to two because insulin is a leading player in the fat storage […]

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Making the Most of GI News

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GI News—August 2011

Prof Jennie Brand-Miller on protein power from low GI plant foods Nicole Senior on why meat should be a tasty side-show on our plates and not the main event Julian Cribb’s new book on how to feed a growing planet 3 delicious low GI ‘plant-based’ recipes from the GI News Kitchen Too much potato, sugary […]

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Food for Thought

Nicole Senior on why meat should be a tasty side show on your plate and not the main event Nicole Senior Some believe that eating meat was the reason modern man evolved to have such a large brain and occupy the top of Earth’s food chain. While we can survive without it, meat is a […]

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News Briefs

Potato, sugary drinks and meat linked to long-term weight gain ‘An average adult (in the US) gains about one pound (0.5 kg) per year. Because the weight gain is so gradual and occurs over many years, it has been difficult for scientists and for individuals themselves to understand the specific factors that may be responsible,’ […]

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Get the Scoop with Emma Stirling

The scoop on berries Emma Stirling APD Strawberries and cream may be a perfect match, but there are so many better ways to reap the health benefits of berries. From delicate raspberries to tart cranberries, there’s a variety to please every meal, snack or drink, not just dessert. Apart from strawberries (GI 40), most berries […]

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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. For more information, check out Johanna’s website. The photographs are by Sergio Burani. His food, travel and wine photography website is photosbysergio.com. Barley risotto with mushrooms and thymeI’ve just returned from […]

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Busting Food Myths with Nicole Senior

Myth: Sustainable food is only a greenie’s issue. Fact: Sustainable food should be on everyone’s shopping list if we want quality of life for our children and grandchildren. World population is exploding and we’re starting to run out of the raw materials to grow food: land, soil, water, fossil fuel and fertiliser. Farming We’ve done […]

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GI Symbol News with Dr Alan Barclay

Dr Alan Barclay Is salt reduction the only answer to reducing the risk of dying of a heart attack or stroke? “Cutting down on the amount of salt has no clear benefits in terms of likelihood of dying or experiencing cardiovascular disease (CVD).” reports a new Cochrane Review. Part of the reason for this discouraging […]

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GI Update

Professor Jennie Brand-Miller answers your questions I have read that we should be basing our diet mostly on plant foods for good health. But I have also read that a moderate protein diet will keep us feeling fuller for longer and help us maintain a healthy weight. What plant foods have protein and which ones […]

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Making the Most of GI News

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GI News—July 2011

Being healthy on the inside no matter what number you see on the scales ‘New cure for diabetes’ shout the headlines … Dr Alan Barclay investigates The scoop on loving low GI lentils Prof Jennie Brand-Miller on insulin sensitivity Reduced fat intake may reduce diabetes risk without weight loss ‘It’s what’s inside that counts’ applies […]

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Food for Thought

Nicole Senior on being healthy on the inside Nicole Senior In Eat to Beat Cholesterol, I wrote: ‘Some people are genetically programmed to be larger and the effort to slim down substantially is unrealistic. If this is you, be as healthy as you can. You are better off being fat and enjoying a healthy diet […]

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News Briefs

Little evidence that increasing soy improves BGLs In a meta-analysis in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition evaluating the effects of soy foods and supplements on glycemic control Dr Suzanne Ho and colleagues conclude that: ‘there was not a significant overall effect of soy intake on improvements of fasting glucose and insulin concentrations; however, a […]

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Get the Scoop with Emma Stirling

The scoop on low GI lentils Emma Stirling APDIt’s easy to forget about the little guy at times. Fora little legume, lentils pack as powerful a nutrition punch (and are more convenient) as bigger members of their family like beans and chickpeas. If you have diabetes, back this little guy. Rich in protein, high in […]

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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. For more information, check out Johanna’s website. The photographs are by Sergio Burani. His food, travel and wine photography website is photosbysergio.com. Zucchine in agrodolceNothing beats early homegrown summer squash fresh […]

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Busting Food Myths with Nicole Senior

Myth: Fat people are unhealthy. Nicole Senior Fact: You can be ‘fit and fat’. No matter what your weight, you can improve your health and reduce your risk of disease by being physically active and eating a healthy diet.Last month we heard from Professor Steven Blair about his research showing even obese people can be […]

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GI Symbol News with Dr Alan Barclay

Dr Alan BarclayA new cure for diabetes?A new study in the Lancet has crunched the numbers and tells us that in just under 30 years, the number of adults with type 2 diabetes has more than doubled from 153 million in 1980 to 347 million in 2008 . Most due to increasing numbers of larger, […]

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GI Update

Professor Jennie Brand-Miller answers your questions Many of the studies you write about in GI News talk about ‘insulin resistance’ and ‘insulin sensitivity’. Can you explain these terms?Insulin is a hormone that plays several critical roles in our health and wellbeing. It’s been called the MASTER hormone because it regulates so many things, including our […]

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Making the Most of GI News

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Food for Thought

Fit people come in all shapes and sizesUniversity of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health Professor Steven Blair has undertaken dozens of studies on joint associations of fitness and fatness to health. These studies show that a normal weight person who is unfit is twice as likely to die in the next decade as […]

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GI News—June 2011

This for that – how to ‘swap it, don’t stop it’, the low GI way The scoop on low GI winter fruit with Emma Stirling Fit people come in all shapes and sizes – Prof Steven Blair Nicole Senior checks out claims that ‘thin people are healthier’ Achieving health at every size – Dr Linda […]

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News Briefs

Gaining weight? It might be your job that’s the problemUS researchers report in a study published online that the US obesity epidemic has been largely caused by a decline in jobs requiring people to be active. They delved into statistics and studies about the calories Americans consume and how much they exercise outside of work […]

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Get the Scoop with Emma Stirling

The scoop on low GI winter fruit Emma Stirling APD As we gear up for winter in the southern hemisphere, summer salads and tropical fruit feel like another world away. Granted you can still buy out-of-season fruit, if you’re happy for it to be flown from half way around the world. But by far the […]

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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. For more information, check out Johanna’s website. The photographs are by Sergio Burani. His food, travel and wine photography website is photosbysergio.com. Sweet springtime escaroleMost Italians enjoy the bitter taste inherent […]

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Busting Food Myths with Nicole Senior

Myth: Thin people are healthier. Nicole Senior Fact: Thin people can still carry fat around their organs and this is places them at increased risk of chronic disease. There’s now a new name for this thin AND fat state: ‘metabolically obese.’ How many times have you thought or heard, ‘he/she is thin so they can […]

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GI Symbol News with Dr Alan Barclay

Dr Alan Barclay‘Swap it. Don’t stop it.’ What does it mean? ‘It just means swapping some of the things I’m doing now for healthier choices’, says Eric, the balloon man at the centre of a campaign here in Australia that’s aiming to encourage us to adopt some simple healthy weight management techniques and reduce the […]

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GI Update

Professor Jennie Brand-Miller answers your questions ‘What is the latest research on low GI carbs for exercise? Is the intensity of exercise important?’Whether you are a professional athlete, exercising for health and fitness or aiming to lose weight, the type, timing and amount of food you eat before and after exercise will help you achieve […]

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GI News—May 2011

Jennie Brand-Miller on why gestational diabetes numbers are doubling Child obesity – from the get-go, it’s Mum and Dad who can make a difference The Australian paradox: sugar consumption down while overweight and obesity increase Nicole Senior debunks the ‘people with diabetes shouldn’t eat sugar’ myth Emma Stirling on why lollies and candy are OK […]

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Food for Thought

Jennie Brand-Miller on why gestational diabetes numbers will double‘Apart from re-living ‘The Sound of Music’ at the 6th International Symposium on Diabetes in Pregnancy meeting in warm and sunny Salzburg, I learned that the findings of the HAPO Study (Hyperglycemia and Pregnancy Outcomes Study) are changing the way the world diagnoses gestational diabetes (GDM, or […]

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News Briefs

New link between mother’s pregnancy diet and offspring’s chances of obesity An international study published in Diabetes has shown for the first time that a mother’s diet during pregnancy can alter the function of her child’s DNA through a process called epigenetic change – effectively turning on a fat switch and leading to her child […]

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Get the Scoop with Emma Stirling

The scoop on sweet treats Emma Stirling APD Feel strongly that anyone watching their weight or who has diabetes, should cut out sweet treats altogether? Well, it’s time to shake up your views and check out the smart approach to treat time. You can enjoy any food as long as you consider how much and […]

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In the GI News Kitchen

New Idea’s low GI potato salad with lemon yoghurt dressing You can whip up this tasty low GI potato salad that was featured in Catherine Saxelby’s weekly column in 20 minutes. Perfect for summer salads or a buffet or barbecue. Serves 6 1kg (2lb 4oz) Carisma potatoes, washed2 small zucchini (courgettes), thinly sliced¼ cup chopped […]

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Busting Food Myths with Nicole Senior

Myth: People with diabetes shouldn’t eat sugar Nicole Senior Fact: People with diabetes can enjoy sugar in moderation as part of a healthy diet.Do you believe that all chocolate and candy or lollies cause a rapid spike and then crash in blood glucose levels? You’re not alone. If you ask anyone walking down the street […]

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GI Symbol News with Dr Alan Barclay

Dr Alan Barclay Eat foods, not nutrientsIn his NYT piece Unhappy Meals Michael Pollan documents the ‘shift from eating food to eating nutrients’ and argues that relying solely on information regarding individual nutrients has led people and policy makers to repeatedly make poor decisions relating to food and nutrition over the last forty years. The […]

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GI Update

Professor Jennie Brand-Miller answers your questions Isn’t the insulin response more important than the GI value? Wouldn’t it be better to have an insulin index of foods?The insulin demand exerted by foods is indeed important for long-term health, but it doesn’t necessarily follow that we need an insulin index of foods instead of a glycemic […]

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GI News—April 2011

GL outperforms carb content in predicting BGLs and insulin levels The scoop on the FODMAP diet for IBS Kellogg’s join the GI Symbol program Why traffic light labels miss the wood for the trees Do you need to eat every few hours to lose weight? Food labels are in the news. The focus is giving […]

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Food for Thought

Why count the foods you loveIn business there’s a saying: ‘you can’t manage what you don’t measure.’ Dietitian Dr Penny Small has come up with a really simple way to help us apply this golden rule and measure and manage our total food intake and energy expenditure. ‘By keeping track of the food you eat […]

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News Briefs

GI Labs Service Mark GI Labs in Toronto has introduced the ‘GI Labs Service Mark’ for use by GI Labs clients. The mark identifies products that have been in clinical nutrition trials at GI Labs, clearly demonstrating that such products have been independently tested. To find out more about the service mark and its applications […]

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Get the Scoop with Emma Stirling

The Low FODMAP diet – the scoop on advances in treating irritable bowel syndrome Emma Stirling APD It wasn’t that long ago that sufferers of a regular ‘upset tummy’ or ‘grinding guts’ were told simply to learn to live with it or ‘stress, less’. Today however, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a recognised condition with […]

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In the GI News Kitchen

FrittataThis tasty frittata made just with eggs (no milk) is packed with vegetables to help you get those five serves a day if you are on a low FODMAP diet. Reproduced from The Low FODMAP Diet with permission. Serves 6.1 carrot, peeled and cut into ½cm (1/4in) rounds1 red capsicum, sliced into strips1 small eggplant, […]

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Busting Food Myths with Nicole Senior

Myth: You need to eat every few hours to lose weight Nicole Senior Fact: To lose weight you need to eat less over the day and constant snacking may impede your effortsI’ve read many websites, books and diet programs that say you must eat every few hours or the body will go into ‘starvation mode’ […]

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GI Symbol News with Dr Alan Barclay

Dr Alan Barclay Kick start your day with a healthy low GI breakfastBreakfast does just that. As the first meal of the day, it breaks the overnight fast, jump-starts your metabolism and generally gets you going. After an overnight fast your body’s energy stores are starting to run low, so a good breakfast replenishes your […]

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GI Update

Professor Jennie Brand-Miller answers your questions Does the carbohydrate content on a food’s nutrition label have any relationship to its blood glucose-raising capacity?Yes, but only to some extent. We can make a few generalisations. If a food has less than 5 grams of carbohydrate per serving, then it won’t have a marked effect on your […]

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GI News—March 2011

Low carb and low GI are not the same Low GI diets do increase satiety Download Pulse Canada’s gluten-free book Low GI porridge for brekkie – new GI values The scoop on nuts with Emma Stirling The new ‘Half-Your-Plate’ approach in the 2010 American Dietary Guidelines wants to make mealtimes easier by dispensing with measuring […]

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Food for Thought

Making a real meal deal of it If you asked your Mum or Dad or grandparents what’s a meal or what’s for dinner, they’d probably say something like meat and three veg one of which would be potato – and here in Australia the other two might be carrots and peas/beans/broccoli. Life’s not like that […]

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News Briefs

‘Glycemic index may not affect appetite: Unilever study.’ The story was published in an online newsletter called ‘Food Navigator’ that’s widely read by the food industry and dietitians etc. We don’t know who wrote it, but it is misleading (to put it mildly) as we discovered when we asked Dr Alan Barclay to check it […]

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Get the Scoop with Emma Stirling

The scoop on nuts Emma Stirling APD Nuts have made a come-back in recent years with compelling research from around the world showing that regular nibblers may dramatically boost their heart health and manage their weight and BGLs. Here’s the scoop. Nut-rient know how Tree nuts – almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, […]

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In the GI News Kitchen

Bircher muesli with mixed nuts Lisa Yates from Nuts for Life shares her favourite nut and oat breakfast recipe that will really keep you on the ball until lunchtime. This bircher muesli with crunch keeps in the fridge for a couple of days. There’s about 30g (1oz) nuts per serving, equivalent to the recommended small […]

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Busting Food Myths with Nicole Senior

Myth: When it comes to food, fresh is always best. Nicole Senior Fact: Fresh food is great but our lifestyles no longer permit eating only fresh food. ‘Processed’ food can make a significant contribution toward health, convenience and enjoyment. I get a bit annoyed at those holier-than-thou health nutters who say we should avoid all […]

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GI Symbol News with Dr Alan Barclay

Dr Alan Barclay Low GI and low carb are NOT the same There are a growing number of foods and beverages on supermarket shelves with packaging claims which are designed to encourage us to believe they will have a minimal impact on our blood glucose levels. Typical claims include ‘low carb’, ‘low glycemic’ and of […]

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GI Update

Professor Jennie Brand-Miller answers your questions ‘I like to eat a wide variety of vegetables. In fact I love having a rainbow on my plate. But some of my favourites like pumpkin seem to have moderate or even high GI values. Does that mean people with diabetes shouldn’t eat them?’ People with diabetes can happily […]

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GI News—February 2011

Stocking a low GI emergency pantry 10,000 steps reduces diabetes risk BGL benefits of cinnamon and vinegar Green tea and satiety Do you need 8 glasses of water a day? As I sat down to write this mid-January on a sunny Thursday morning in Sydney, the mopping up after the disastrous and tragic floods was […]

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Food for Thought

Our top 10 picks for your low GI emergency pantry The take-home message of the last few months, with the catastrophic earthquake and aftershocks in Christchurch (NZ), the big freeze in Europe, blizzards in the US and disastrous floods in Australia, Brazil and Sri Lanka, is that preparing for an emergency is the smart thing […]

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News Briefs

Every step you take… In a five-year Australian study of nearly 600 adults averaging 50 years of age published in the British Medical Journal, walking more steps (the participants wore pedometers) was associated with reductions in body mass index, waist to hip ratio, and insulin sensitivity (a measure of type 2 diabetes risk). Sedentary people […]

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Get the Scoop with Emma Stirling

The scoop on the recipe for recovery Emma Stirling APD What a heartbreaking time watching our sunny state of Queensland be inundated with wild weather and flooding and now to see a repeat on a smaller scale in Victoria too. But what a wonderful week to be reminded of the power of the human spirit, […]

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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. For more information, check out Johanna’s website. The photographs are by Sergio Burani. His food, travel and wine photography website is photosbysergio.com. My traditional winter minestrone Fresh homemade vegetable soup shows […]

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Busting Food Myths with Nicole Senior

Myth: Everyone should drink 8 glasses of water a day. Nicole Senior Fact: Most adults need around 2–2½ litres of fluid daily but not all this fluid needs to be water. Fluid needs vary greatly according to climatic conditions, physical activity, body size, diet and your health status. Eight glasses of water a day is […]

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GI Symbol News with Dr Alan Barclay

Dr Alan Barclay Snacking to keep your energy up and your BGLs down in an emergency People in Queensland and Victoria here in Australia have been faced with real emergencies this summer. It has been fantastic to see an organisation like Baked Relief cooking their hearts out to help victims and rescuers alike keep going. […]

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GI Update

Professor Jennie Brand-Miller answers your questions I have PCOS and have been told that if I eat a low GI diet it will help me lose some weight and maybe even help me get pregnant. I have tried diets before and never seem to stick to them. Have you got any tips – I really […]

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Making the Most of GI News

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GI News—January 2011

Catherine Saxelby checks out cooking with the new low GI Carisma potatoes Should you avoid carbs after 5pm to lose weight? Nicole senior investigates Why eating well is not just about weight control – Dr Joanna McMillan Price 3 low GI fish recipes to try Is honey better than sugar from the perspective of blood […]

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