GI Update with Prof Jennie Brand-Miller

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Prof Jennie Brand-Miller answers your questions.


I have heard it’s a good idea to go meatless one day a week. Why is that? 

The beta cells of the pancreas, which make insulin, are under constant assault from our modern Western way of eating – it’s not just too many high-Gl carbs, it’s also too much saturated fat. Both increase your risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. One way to cut the saturated fat is to have a “meat-free” day. Make it the one day of the week where you make a concerted effort to give legumes the starring role in your diet. There are plenty of vegetarian recipes in our Low GI Vegetarian Cookbook but if you’ve not in the mood to cook, then try a healthy high protein-low GI felafel wrap. You’ll need to buy Goodness Superfoods™ wholegrain barley wraps, some hommus, tabbouli and felafel balls (all at your local supermarket). Spread the hommus over the wrap, then the tabbuouli, then squash 2-3 balls and wrap. Heat for 30 seconds in the microwave and voila…tonight’s meal.

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Glycemic Index Laboratories
20 Victoria Street, Suite 300
Toronto, Ontario M5C 298 Canada
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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
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