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The 10-day GI Diet
Azmina Govindji RD and Nina Puddefoot
‘Feed a man fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for life.’ This 10-day diet is intended as a ‘kick start to a new healthier you.’ Despite the ‘lose up to an inch’ promise of the sub-title, the authors are well aware that it is just a beginning. Not a miracle. The idea is to get you enthused and then hooked on healthy eating. It’s not GI, it’s GiP, a special system that the authors have devised based on nutritional criteria that encompass a food’s GI, energy density (calories/kilojoules) and portion size – special GiP tables are in the book. So there are numbers or GiPs to keep a count of and add up each day. But, it’s well written and packed with practical tips, menus and some 60 healthy recipes made with low GI ingredients you can get on the table in around 20 minutes.
—Vermilion, £6.99


The Low GI Guide to Your Heart and the Metabolic Syndrome
Prof Jennie Brand-Miller and Kaye Foster-Powell
Scott Dickinson, GI News designer and web manager who is also completing his PhD on glycemic index and cardiovascular disease risk, thinks that this is the best little book on GI out there. ‘Short, succinct and easy to understand’ is how he describes it. It covers the benefits of GI for heart health, includes practical tips to help readers make the switch to low GI eating and sets out the 10 basic steps to a healthy heart diet along with a week of menus to get you started. Recognising that metabolic syndrome is a world-wide problem, this completely revised and updated edition of the pocket guide by the same name includes more than 100 Chinese, SE Asian, Indian, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern meal ideas from dietitians Johanna Burani, Linda Cumines, Effie Houvardis and Sangita Nayak.