GI Values Update

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The latest values from SUGiRS

New moderate GI value for broad beans
GI 63; serving size 80 g, available carbohydrate 5 g; GL 3

When broad beans were tested in 1981 in Canada in the early days of GI testing, their GI was 79, but only six people were included in the study and the variation between them was substantial. We felt it was time to revisit this one as broad beans are increasingly appearing on the menu and you can buy frozen broad beans year round in supermarkets. We reassessed them following the now standardised international method (including ten people in the study and testing the reference food three times in each person). We obtained a mean value of 63 with narrow variation. So tuck into broad beans as a typical 1/2 cup (80-gram) serving has a very low GL, is a good source of fibre, folate and vitamin C and will fill you up without adding many kilojoules. If you help yourself to seconds you will get 2 of your 5 servings of vegetables for the day.

More muesli values

  • Uncle Toby’s Natural Style Muesli, Original Swiss formula (without milk): GI 62, serving size 30 g, available carbohydrate 18 g, GL 11
  • Special K Light Muesli, mixed berry and apple flavour(without milk): GI 64; serving size 30 g; available carbohydrate 20 g, GL 13

Where can I get more information on GI testing?

North America

Dr Alexandra Jenkins
Glycemic Index Laboratories
36 Lombard Street, Suite 100
Toronto, Ontario M5C 2X3 Canada
Phone +1 416 861 0506

Fiona Atkinson


Research Manager, Sydney University Glycemic Index Research Service (SUGiRS)
Human Nutrition Unit, School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences
Sydney University
NSW 2006 Australia
Phone + 61 2 9351 6018
Fax: + 61 2 9351 6022

New Zealand
Dr Tracy Perry
The Glycemic Research Group, Dept of Human Nutrition
University of Otago
PO Box 56 Dunedin New Zealand
Phone +64 3 479 7508

GI Symbol News


Low GI muesli bars
Muesli bars are a handy snack when you are out and about or on the run, but finding one that’s not loaded with saturated fat and kilojoules can be a bit of a challenge. All you need to do now is look for the GI Symbol to be assured you are making a healthier choice. The Uncle Toby’s range of low GI Chewy and Crunchy muesli bars featured here are made with wholegrain oats, natural colour and flavours. There’s a wide range of flavours, so here’s a taste of what you can find on your supermarket shelf in Australia.

Crunchy Apricot flavour; serving size (1 muesli bar) 20 g; GI 54
Per serving 350 kJ; 2.2 g fat (includes 0.3 g saturated fat); 13.7 g carbohydrate; 1.6 g fibre

Chewy Apricot and Chewy Forest Fruits flavours; serving size (1 muesli bar) 31.3 g; GI 48
Per serving 540 kJ; 4 g fat (includes 1.1 g saturated fat); 20 g carbohydrate; 2 g fibre

Chewy Choc Chip flavour; serving size (1 muesli bar) 31.3 g; GI 54
Per serving 540 kJ; 4.4 g fat (includes 1.6 g saturated fat); 20 g carbohydrate; 1.8 g fibre

Where can I get more information on the GI Symbol program?

Alan Barclay


CEO, Glycemic Index Ltd
Phone: +61 2 9785 1037
Fax: +61 2 9785 1037