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 it’s a ‘nutrient concentrate based on a double fermented wholegrain wheat product’. Checking the ingredient list, we found that as well as the ‘double fermented wheat’, it consists of fructose, soya lecithin, skim milk powder, yoghurt powder and whey protein powder, xanthan and guar gums and various vitamins and minerals. Each serving has 15 g protein, 6.6 g fats, 22.8 g carbs (15 g of these are sugars) and 7.8 g fibre. The product was GI tested in Germany we are told – but we don’t know by which laboratory or method. However, we can believe it would have a GI of around 15 as we have tested similarly constituted meal replacement products and their GI is typically between 10–22. The company marketing the product in Australia says it’s going to cost you around $5.20AUD a serving. A final note: It was good to see accurate information on the company’s website about GI– but then it would be since it appears to have been ‘borrowed’ direct from www.glycemicindex.com without acknowledgment.
Where can I get more information on GI testing?
Dr Alexandra Jenkins
Glycemic Index Laboratories
36 Lombard Street, Suite 100
Toronto, Ontario M5C 2X3 Canada
Phone +1 416 861 0506
Research Manager, Sydney University Glycemic Index Research Service (SUGiRS)
Human Nutrition Unit, School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences
NSW 2006 Australia
Phone + 61 2 9351 6018
Fax: + 61 2 9351 6022
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
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