GI News—December 2012

Dr Alan Barclay on why healthy low GI food doesn’t need to cost more;  Eating carbs mostly AFTER 5pm: are there benefits?    What would batman eat? Helping kids make healthier choices;    Kids prefer a colourful range of food on the plate;   Low GI emergency pantry; Coffee sobers you up: Nicole Senior investigates; […]

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Food for Thought

Embrace health as a kind of wealth.    Heading into the festive season, we are bombarded with ideas for a ‘cracking’ Christmas feast which mostly seems to involve spending a lot of time, money and calories on a day’s good cheer. We thought that it might be timely to ponder Dr David Katz’s comment that […]

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What’s New?

Eating patterns in Canada – culture seems to count when it comes to obesity.  Quebec has the lowest combined rates of overweight and obesity of any Canadian province. It now turns out that it is also the one province in Canada that truly maintains a true and distinct eating Culture (that is culture with a […]

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Get the Scoop

Preparing for an emergency is the smart thing to do.  We originally ran this story early in 2011 after 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. Super-storm Sandy and its aftermath reminds us that you can […]

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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. This December, we bring back an old favourite from […]

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Busting Food Myths with Nicole Senior

Nicole Senior Myth: Coffee sobers you up.  Sorry, the only thing that sobers you up if you have drunk too much alcohol is TIME. It’s not a question of having a cup of strong black coffee to wake you up, nor a cold shower. It’s a question of getting the alcohol out of your body. […]

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GI Symbol News with Dr Alan Barclay

Dr Alan Barclay Put your money where your mouth is This is a popular challenge in a variety of situations, but I have rarely heard it in the context of what we actually do put in our mouths. As Dr David Katz points out in Food for Thought ‘We respect how money will affect the quality […]

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GI Update with Prof Jennie Brand-Miller

Prof Jennie Brand-Miller answers your questions. Nutrition recommendations during lactation. The energy cost of lactation depends largely on how much milk your baby is drinking. Assuming human milk provides about 3 kilojoules per mL, and that you are producing 1 litre a day, that’s a whopping 3000 kilojoules in the milk itself. But there’s a […]

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GI News—November 2012

Bring on the beans;  Gut bacteria and diabetes;   Exploring how gut microbes react to probiotic yogurt;   Nicole Senior investigates the myth that most people can’t digest milk; Prof Jennie Brand-Miller on diet and breast milk; Emma Stirling with the scoop on yogurt; Two low GI recipes to enjoy including one from Yotam Ottolenghi’s new […]

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Food for Thought

The gut microbiota – a new piece of the obesity puzzle?  Our GI (gastrointestinal) tract is home to a diverse collection of bacteria, viruses and archaea, collectively known as the gut microbiota. Patricia Lopez-Legarrea from the University of Navarra, Spain and Nicholas Fuller from The Boden Institute, The University of Sydney bring us up to […]

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What’s New?

Bring on the beans. In Archives of Internal Medicine, Dr David Jenkins and colleagues report on a study that found consuming about 1 cup (190g) of cooked legumes (beans, chickpeas or lentils) helped people with diabetes manage their blood glucose. It also lowered total cholesterol and triglycerides. The 3-month study with a group of 121 […]

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Get the Scoop with Emma Stirling

The scoop on yogurt. Emma Stirling APD Do you love yogurt? We do at GI News. Obviously it has a whole lot to do with yogurt’s low GI that makes it a perfect, portable snack to get you through the afternoon. But it’s the package of nutrients, versatility and huge range of offerings that sees […]

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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. Caramelised autumn fruit with yogurt sauce – Italian style Italians […]

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Busting Food Myths with Nicole Senior

Nicole SeniorMyth: Most people can’t digest milk.The fact that milk is a commonly eaten food throughout the world suggests we can and do digest it. The story of how this came to be is fascinating, and I was introduced to it by Glenn Cardwell, dietitian and fellow myth-buster, via Gregory Cochran and Henry Harpending’s book, […]

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GI Symbol News with Dr Alan Barclay

Dr Alan Barclay Better heart health with a low GI diet These days, most people are aware of the importance of cutting back the saturated fat and choosing the good fats for heart health. What they are much less aware of is that being choosy about the carbs they eat can also help prevent heart disease. […]

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GI Update with Prof Jennie Brand-Miller

Prof Jennie Brand-Miller answers your questions. I am breastfeeding my baby. What’s the connection between my diet and my milk? In well-nourished women, there’s no real connection between your diet and your ability to produce milk. Most mothers will draw on stores built up during pregnancy to supply the building blocks of human milk. From day […]

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GI News—October 2012

Dr Alan Barclay on single nutrient fad diets and why they can be high GI;  Discovering rice’ s GI gene;  The benefits of switching to a low GI diet in pregnancy; Prof Jennie Brand-Miller on pregnancy and optimal weight gain; Emma Stirling with the scoop on herbs; Three low GI recipes to enjoy. ‘Whether hot […]

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Food for Thought

Tea and coffee break. ‘Whether hot or cold, strong or weak, black or green, sweet or smoky, oolong or pekoe, with milk or lemon, bag or leaf, tea is the universal drink of countless millions.’ – Tea: A global history, Reaktion Books. We asked Glenn Cardwell to bring us up to date on recent studies […]

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What’s New?

Using the GI in pregnancy. ‘In the long run, excessive weight gain in pregnancy has contributed to the current epidemic of obesity in women and children,’ says Prof Jennie Brand-Miller in her new book, The Bump to Baby Low GI Eating Plan (Hachette Australia). ‘A woman who gains too much during pregnancy gives birth to […]

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Get the Scoop with Emma Stirling

The scoop on herbs. Emma Stirling APDDo you love culinary herbs as much as we do? Basil, rosemary, parsley, coriander/cilantro, chives and more you’ll find them popping up all over our GI News recipes. They don’t factor directly in GI, but the growing health story has us skipping back down the garden path for more. […]

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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. Spaghetti with parsley sauce. No Italian household is ever […]

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Busting Food Myths with Nicole Senior

Nicole SeniorMyth: Tea and coffee are dehydrating. Everyone assumes that caffeine-containing beverages such as tea and coffee dehydrate, but it’s an urban legend. Seriously high amounts of caffeine are needed before you lose more water than you drink in your cup of tea or coffee. Even if you had a really, really strong cup of […]

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GI Symbol News with Dr Alan Barclay

Dr Alan Barclay A diet of unintended consequences. Whatever your health problem (being overweight/obese, or having type 2 diabetes or heart disease), what many fad diet solutions have in common, is advising you to severely limit or completely avoid the nutrient that is supposedly responsible for it. Turning the clock back, carbohydrate was THE nutrient […]

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GI Update with Prof Jennie Brand-Miller

Prof Jennie Brand-Miller answers your questions. I am 3 months pregnant. Should I monitor my weight? I don’t want to be left with ‘difficult-to-budge pounds after my baby is born. Well, not for too long! As a routine part of care, your obstetric care providers will keep an eye on your weight gain but most […]

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GI News—September 2012

Restoring physical activity into our computer-driven work, school and home environments; Why too much sitting is bad for you; Emma Stirling and the scoop on beetroot; Do spicy foods boost your metabolism? The winning edge: GI and sports performance. Dr Alan Barclay reports; Prof Jennie Brand-Miller on the risk factors for gestational diabetes and what […]

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Food for Thought

Why sports and exercise are barely relevant and what really counts is occupational and household activity. Guest contributor Prof Arya Sharma discusses a paper that suggests why attempts to encourage recreational physical activity are largely doomed to fail. Prof. Arya Sharma There is no doubt that reducing sedentariness and increasing physical activity can have enormous […]

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What’s New?

The extra benefits of exercise. In an invited editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine accompanying Chuck Ratzlaff’s paper (discussed in Food for Thought), Profs Wendy Brown and Steven Blair remind us that although prevention of weight gain is extremely important for public health, ‘the benefits of physical activity are not restricted to weight-gain […]

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Get the Scoop with Emma Stirling

The scoop on beetroot. Emma Stirling APDDid you enjoy the Olympics? We certainly loved all the talk about healthy eating and fuelling performance. When elite athletes are looking for that microsecond advantage it’s no surprise to hear that tailored sports nutrition is part of today’s solution. One of the most interesting tweets I read (from […]

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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. Beet greens frittelle. Italians love to use every part […]

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Busting Food Myths with Nicole Senior

Nicole Senior Myth: Spicy food speeds up your metabolismMany people believe they have difficulty losing weight because they have a ‘slow metabolism’. So it’s comforting to think that breaking out in a sweat over a bowl of chilli is boosting your metabolic rate, thanks to its capsaicin (the chemical compound that gives it the heat). […]

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GI Symbol News with Dr Alan Barclay

Dr Alan BarclayThe winning edge: using the GI to maximise performance. Optimising the amount and type of carbohydrate you consume before, during and after an event can provide you with that winning edge. For most forms of physical activity, our muscles preferred source of fuel is glucose. This is because the carbohydrate we eat or […]

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GI Update with Prof Jennie Brand-Miller

Prof Jennie Brand-Miller answers your questions. Are you at risk of gestational diabetes? All women should be tested for gestational diabetes in every pregnancy. Women with risk factors are more likely to have gestational diabetes but women with no risk factors at all can also have this problem. There are many different risk factors that […]

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GI News—August 2012

4 steps to better blood glucose; Prof Jennie Brand-Miller on why gestational diabetes is such a big deal; Safe fasting during Ramadan; The right diet (low GI of course) to fight malnutrition and help cancer patients combat their disease; Emma Stirling with the scoop on avocados; 3 avocado recipes including a simply sensational avocado pea […]

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Food for Thought

Why maintaining healthy blood glucose should be a lifelong goal.High blood glucose levels pose a threat to your health even if you don’t have diabetes. In fact, elevated blood glucose levels within the ‘normal’ range can damage the blood vessels and circulatory system, increasing the risk of a heart attack, type 2 diabetes, weight gain […]

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What’s New?

Eating well (low GI of course) to combat cancer.The side effects of cancer and cancer treatments – a marked decrease in appetite, nausea, and a strong aversion to food (even foods once very much enjoyed) – make it more difficult for people with cancer to maintain a healthy diet, let alone get enough food to […]

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Get the Scoop with Emma Stirling

The scoop on avocados. Emma Stirling APDDo you love an avo? We do at GI News. Not that there is a huge GI story. In fact avocados are too low in carbohydrate to test for GI. We just adore their velvety texture, healthy fats and essential nutrients and all the fab ways you can add […]

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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. Mixed berry almond custardMore than a dessert after a […]

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Busting Food Myths with Nicole Senior

Nicole Senior Myth: Meat causes cancer.In some studies, eating meat has been flagged as a potential contributor to some cancers, but the scientific story is far from ending and is very complex. It may be too much meat, processed meat, charred meat or not enough protective plant foods, rather than meat per se that poses […]

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GI Symbol News with Dr Alan Barclay

Dr Alan BarclayDiabetes and cardiovascular disease: check out the common ground. Did you know that healthy eating to prevent and manage diabetes will also help decrease the risk of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases? This is because these diseases share a number of common risk factors including central obesity, high blood fats, high […]

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GI Update with Prof Jennie Brand-Miller

Prof Jennie Brand-Miller answers your questions. Gestational diabetes. Why such a big deal?Gestational diabetes (any degree of ‘glucose intolerance’ diagnosed for the first time during pregnancy) is the most common medical problem encountered during pregnancy. The name is derived from the combination of having a raised blood sugar level, as occurs in people with diabetes […]

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GI News—July 2012

Prof David Katz on the perils of a sugar-coated scapegoat; Might fructose actually be good for us? Why people with diabetes don’t need special diabetic foods; The scoop on pasta with Emma Stirling; Nicole Senior explores the myth that humans don’t need to drink milk; Can a low GI diet reduce the risk of birth […]

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Food for Thought

Perils of a Sugar-coated Scapegoat. It has been some time since Dr. Robert Lustig emerged as the messianic nemesis of added sugar – or perhaps specifically fructose. It has been some time since his meme took hold, engaging high-profile adherents and apostles. And it has been some time since I first started expressing my opposition […]

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What’s New?

Could fructose actually be good for us? A new study in Diabetes Care by researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital suggests that fructose may not be as bad for us as previously thought and that it may even provide some benefit. ‘Over the last decade, there have been connections made between fructose intake and rates of […]

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Get the Scoop with Emma Stirling

The scoop on pasta. Emma Stirling APD I’ll never forget the night my (misguided) girlfriend on a low carb diet, ordered a spaghetti marinara with a blithe, “hold the spaghetti”. I thought the Italian waiter would keel over. Pasta is often tainted as a “carb culprit” but did you know that it has a low […]

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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. Blueberry-lemon buttermilk pancakesWe have beautiful fresh blueberries now (a […]

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Busting Food Myths with Nicole Senior

Nicole Senior Myth: Humans don’t need to drink milkDairy foods (milk, yoghurt, cheese) are rich in nutrients and have assumed such importance in our diet as to warrant their own food group. This is because they are nutrient-dense and provide a package of nutrients that are not found in the same amounts in other foods. […]

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GI Symbol News with Dr Alan Barclay

Dr Alan BarclayWhy you don’t need special ‘diabetic foods’ Browse through your average diabetes magazine and you will find a special range of biscuits and cookies, cakes, ice cream, chocolate, lollies and candies that are sugar free or have no added sugar prominently advertised for people with diabetes. As our stalwart myth-buster Nicole Senior says: […]

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GI Update with Prof Jennie Brand-Miller

Prof Jennie Brand-Miller answers your questions. Can a low GI diet reduce the risk of birth defects?Moderation is a good thing and that applies to glucose levels in the blood. Very high glucose levels are toxic to cells. That’s why people with diabetes, who are not properly controlled by diet or medications, develop complications such […]

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GI News—June 2012

Going with the grain – low GI of course says CSIRO; New GI values for creamy Carisma mashed potato and healthy ‘fries’; Beans, rice and glycemic response; Add almonds at breakfast for better BGLs; Johanna Burani’s ‘Early bird’ tomato soup; Nicole Senior checks out the myth that raw foods are best; The scoop on raising […]

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Food for Thought

It pays to be picky with vegetables says cooking guru Harold McGee. ‘Vegetables aren’t sweet and soft and easy to love the way fruits are. It takes a cook to make tubers, stalks, and leaves lovable. That’s because plants not only didn’t design them to be delicious as they did fruits, many tried to protect […]

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News Briefs

Going with the grain – low GI of course. A new report from Australia’s CSIRO has revealed that the simplification of complex nutritional messages has resulted in grain foods like bread and pasta becoming the ‘scapegoat’ for weight gain and bloating, despite ample research to the contrary. Prof Manny Noakes, Dr Jane Muir and Dr […]

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Get the Scoop with Emma Stirling

The scoop on raising a vegetable lover. Emma Stirling APD Were you forced to eat your broccoli before getting dessert as a child? Are there veggies your dad didn’t eat and now as an adult you bypass them too? With international nutrition surveys showing that kids are not meeting daily vegetable targets, many even failing […]

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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. ‘Early bird’ tomato soup. At some point in October, […]

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Busting Food Myths with Nicole Senior

Nicole Senior Myth: Raw foods are best. I love vegetables! All kinds, including the uncooked ones. Nothing beats the crunch of a raw carrot or the crispness of lettuce and cucumber in a salad. However, you can take a good idea to extremes. There is a whole diet tribe who only eat raw foods, believing […]

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GI Symbol News with Dr Alan Barclay

Dr Alan BarclayWhat, no potato? While it is the popular whipping boy of many a fad diet, the humble spud has been enjoyed by humans for many millennia. In fact, in many nations today, it is the most popular vegetable in the pantry. In Australia, for example, potatoes account for one third of all vegetables […]

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GI Update

Prof Jennie Brand-Miller answers your questions. I am 30 weeks pregnant. I’m not eating for two. In fact I think I’m pretty much eating what I usually eat. So, how come I’ve gained all this weight?It’s a very good question! Careful studies in well-nourished women reveal either no change in their food intake during their […]

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GI News—May 2012

Baby’s birth weight and Mum’s BGLs – Prof Jennie Brand Miller explains the link;    Dr Alan Barclay on how to build yourself up with low GI foods;   The scoop on potassium with Emma Stirling;   How The Biggest Loser promotes weight bias;   Nicole Senior explores the myth that you should eat according to your blood type;   […]

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Food for Thought

Why blood glucose levels matter in pregnancy.    Prof Jennie Brand-Miller and colleagues Dr Kate Marsh and Prof Robert Moses have just published a book called The Bump to Baby Diet – a low GI eating plan for conception, pregnancy and beyond to share the latest science and help women enjoy a healthy pregnancy while […]

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News Briefs

Going gluten free and weight gain.   Although a gluten-free diet is trendy, it’s not necessarily a healthy diet at all unless you stick to whole foods most of the time. According to Dr. Peter Green, director of Columbia University’s Celiac Disease Center in New York, most people who stop eating gluten products after being diagnosed […]

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Get the Scoop with Emma Stirling

The scoop on potassium for diabetes.   Emma Stirling APD Did you know that the humble mineral potassium is now linked with diabetes? Yes, really. In fact researchers are now claiming that for some people, low potassium may become as an important risk factor as obesity. Let’s explore a recent study and give you the lowdown […]

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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. Strawberries amandine.   Slice and chop, and this dessert is […]

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Busting Food Myths with Nicole Senior

Nicole Senior Myth: You should eat according to your blood type.    Fact: Your blood group has nothing to do with your ability to digest food, or what diet best suits you.Genetic variation between individuals is the reason why some people don’t do as well on certain diets, and why some people don’t respond in […]

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GI Symbol News with Dr Alan Barclay

Build yourself up with high quality low GI foods.   With the constant focus on overweight/obesity in the media it is easy to forget that in many parts of the world – including the developed world – there are people living amongst us that are either malnourished and/or underweight. For example, a recent study found that […]

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GI Update

Prof Jennie Brand-Miller answers your questions.   Prof Jennie Brand-MillerWhy Sheri can’t stop talking about how low GI changed her life …I am always delighted when people take the time to tell me about their GI success stories. As I say when I reply to them: ‘it really makes my day’. Choosing low GI carbs, the […]

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GI News—April 2012

What to do about Easter treats with Dr Alan Barclay; ‘Quit the Sit’ – short breaks improve BGLs and insulin levels by up to 30%; Prof Maria Fiatarone Singh’s tips to break up sitting time; Is home cooking healthier? When it comes to rice (brown or white), it’s the GI that matters; Emma Stirling gives […]

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Food for Thought

The joy of cooking. Food and cooking are back in fashion, but are we eating any healthier? There are so many stories of children being inspired to cook by watching ‘Masterchef’ on TV, and families becoming inspired to cook more at home. Certainly, supermarkets report that ingredients used on episodes of ‘Masterchef’ experience massive sales […]

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News Briefs

Rice and diabetes risk. A meta-analysis and systematic review in the BMJ reports that higher white rice intake is associated with a significantly elevated risk of type 2 diabetes, especially among Asian populations. The researchers conclude: ‘The recent transition in nutrition characterised by dramatically decreased physical activity levels and much improved security and variety of […]

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Get the Scoop with Emma Stirling

The scoop on GUMPs. Emma Stirling APD Have you heard about GUMPS? No not of the FORREST variety. Actually they’re more closely related to open pastures. Popular in many Asian countries GUMPS stands for Growing Up Milk Powders and they are widely used as a cow’s milk replacement for toddlers and older children. Professor Jennie […]

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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. Chocolate glazed almondsThe Easter meal is a grand event […]

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Being Fit for Your Life

Professor Maria Fiatarone Singh Take a break! ‘Take 5 for your health’For many years, regular physical activity has been advocated for preventing and treating chronic diseases like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, many people are reluctant to commit to exercise, or simply find it hard to find the time. Adding exercise to a […]

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GI Symbol News with Dr Alan Barclay

Dr Alan BarclayEaster treatsWith a little forward planning and by making the right food choices you can enjoy Easter like any other festivity and still look after yourself. Chocolate treatsChocolate eggs, bunnies, chicks and the like are one of the most exciting things about Easter for both young and old. Although most chocolates are what […]

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GI Update

Prof Jennie Brand-Miller answers your questions Prof Jennie Brand-MillerI’m an avid cook, and I often make my own bread, pancakes, muffins, cookies, and other baked goods. Which flours, if any, are low GI?To date, there are no GI values for any raw flours of any kind, whether milled from wheat, soy, rice, or other grains. […]

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GI News—March 2012

Why refined starch is the hidden ingredient and why it matters for your health; What’s wrong with today’s diet – with Prof Jennie Brand-Miller; Why you don’t need to be afraid of fructose; Do cravings tell us what our body needs? Nicole Senior investigates; Emma Stirling and the scoop on low AGE diets; Three low […]

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Food for Thought

Why banning sugar will not solve obesity. Guest contributor, Dr Arya M. Sharma, takes issue both with the recent proposal to tax and ban sugar as well as the rather simplistic causal linking of sugar to the obesity epidemic. Here is why. Dr Arya M. Sharma My main criticism is that, as so often, the […]

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News Briefs

News Briefs includes four fructose studies published in the last year (three of them in recent weeks). We didn’t intend to focus on fructose this issue, but with all the heated debate about sugars (and in particular fructose) and obesity at present, we felt made the decision to run them all, as we felt that […]

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Get the Scoop with Emma Stirling

The scoop on dietary AGEs. Emma Stirling APD Have you heard about dietary AGEs? No we’re not talking about your real age compared with a predicted health age, but a fascinating and emerging area of sophisticated nutrition science. AGE’s stand for Advanced Glycation End Products and researchers are becoming more interested in the role they […]

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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. Salmon and chicory open-face grilled sandwichesItalians have a long-standing […]

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Busting Food Myths with Nicole Senior

Nicole Senior Cravings tell us what our body needsI’m pregnant and have a real and persistent hankering for sour foods: I’m putting lemon juice on everything, have a new respect for balsamic vinegar and love the taste of anything that makes my mouth pucker. I think I’m experiencing cravings. It is common for women to […]

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GI Symbol News with Dr Alan Barclay

Dr Alan BarclayWhy refined starch is the hidden ingredient – and why it matters for your health.With all the heated debate about sugars and in particular fructose, it’s easy to forget that sugars only make up around half of the carbohydrate in foods that we eat. Everyone seems to have forgotten about the other form […]

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GI Update

Prof Jennie Brand-Miller answers your questions Prof Jennie Brand-Miller‘What’s wrong with today’s diet?’We didn’t always eat the way we do today. One of the most important ways in which our diet differs from that of our ancestors is the speed of carbohydrate digestion and the resulting effect on our blood glucose and hence every cell […]

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GI News—February 2012

Prof Jennie Brand-Miller dispels 8 myths about sugars and starches; Smart carbs for smarter kids? Dr Alan Barclay reports; Brown foods are better than white. Nicole Senior investigates; What does ‘eat mostly wholegrain cereals’ mean? Slowly digested carbs reduce inflammation associated with chronic disease; Brief, high-intensity workouts reduce BGLs; The scoop on barley with Emma […]

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Food for Thought

Getting savvy about nutrition in the news.Dietitian Nicole Senior has just published Food Myths, a collection of food myths she has ‘busted’ in GI News … and more (many more). In the introduction (reproduced with permission) she asks us to think about a more serious side to these myths, puts forward some thoughts on why […]

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News Briefs

What does ‘eat mostly wholegrain cereals’ mean? Consume more wholegrains is enshrined in dietary guidelines around the globe and is something of a mantra with doctors, dietitians and nutritionists. Australia’s new draft dietary guidelines released in December 2011 urge us to eat mostly wholegrain’ cereals. So, how much is ‘mostly’ and how strong is the […]

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Get the Scoop with Emma Stirling

The scoop on barley. Emma Stirling APD As new age, but ‘ancient’ grains like spelt and quinoa take over, it’s easy to forget traditional, tried-and-true players like barley – one of the oldest cultivated cereals. But if you need to watch your BGLs or want to lower the GI of your diet, you should definitely […]

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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 with orzo soup.Leave it to the Italians. All […]

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Busting Food Myths with Nicole Senior

Nicole Senior Myth: White foods have no nutritional value. Fact: There are plenty of exceptions to this oversimplified dietary rule. It would be nice if there was a simple colour rule for healthy eating. But there isn’t. This rule seems to have come about to discourage consumption/over-consumption of sugar, salt and white flour products, but […]

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GI Symbol News with Dr Alan Barclay

Dr Alan Barclay Smart carbs for smarter kids Most parents know that for peak performance, it’s vital that children and teenagers eat a good breakfast before they head off to school. Now, there’s growing evidence that along with providing essential nutrients (protein, carbohydrate, fat and fibre plus vitamins and minerals like calcium and iron), making […]

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GI Update

Prof Jennie Brand-Miller answers your questions Prof Jennie Brand-MillerI am always being asked about sugars and starches. This month, I thought it would be useful to dispel some of the perennial myths about them.# Myth: Starchy foods such as potatoes and pasta are fattening.Fact: Starchy foods are often bulky and nutritious. They fill you up […]

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