GI NEWS – MAY 2022

GI News is published online by the University of Sydney, School of Life and Environmental Sciences and the Charles Perkins Centre, and delivered to the mailboxes of our ~100,000 subscribers. Our goal is to help people choose the high-quality carbs that are digested at a rate that our bodies can comfortably accommodate and to share …

MEDITERRANEAN DIET – DOES THE GI MATTER?

The health benefits of a Mediterranean diet (Med-diet) are simply undeniable. But what exactly do we mean by a Med-diet and does it matter if the carbohydrates that are consumed as part of it are low or high glycemic index (GI)? What exactly is the Mediterranean diet? The traditional Mediterranean diet was originally found in …

THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET AND HEALTH: WHAT DOES THE EVIDENCE SHOW?

The Mediterranean diet is one of the most widely studied dietary patterns. The diet is based around a high intake of minimally processed plant foods (including fruits, vegetables, legumes, wholegrains, nuts and seeds) with moderate amounts of dairy foods, eggs, fish and poultry and only small amounts of red meat. Extra-virgin olive oil is the …

THE PULSE OF THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET

From hummus to minestrone soup, lentil salad to felafel, legumes, in a myriad of forms are truly the pulse of the Mediterranean diet. High in protein, low in fat and amongst the highest fibre sources of carbohydrate, legumes are a uniformly low GI group of foods. Coming from the pea family, peas, beans, and their …

OUR GRAPES

The Mediterranean diet is famous for being healthy but what is less spoken about is the regular wine consumption in this traditional eating pattern. The health benefits, or not, of drinking alcoholic beverages is for another time, but let’s talk about table grapes. Table grapes, which are botanically berries, are nicer to eat and have …

THE GOOD CARBS KITCHEN

MEDITERRANEAN ROAST VEGETABLE AND CHICKPEA SALAD 0:45 Prep • 4 Serves • Accompaniment • Every day INGREDIENTS 800g pumpkin, peeled, cut in 2cm cubes 1 large red capsicum, deseeded, cut in 2cm-wide strips 2 red onions, cut in wedges olive spray oil salt and pepper, to season 2 cups baby spinach 420g can chickpeas, drained, …

GI NEWS – MARCH 2022

GI News is published online by the University of Sydney, School of Life and Environmental Sciences and the Charles Perkins Centre, and delivered to the mailboxes of our ~100,000 subscribers. Our goal is to help people choose the high-quality carbs that are digested at a rate that our bodies can comfortably accommodate and to share …

THE DREADED C WORD

It’s likely that nearly all of us have a relative or friend who has had a diagnosis of cancer, if not ourselves. As a woman, I know I have a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer – very high stakes in anybody’s terms. Indeed, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths …

DO CARBOHYDRATE CHOICES AFFECT DIGESTIVE SYSTEM CANCER RISK?

Diet is an important modifiable lifestyle factor which can influence risk of cancer, particularly cancers of the digestive system. It has been suggested that carbohydrate intake is one aspect of diet that might affect cancer risk, but research findings are mixed. This is not surprising considering that carbohydrates are found in a wide range of …

FRUIT AND CANCER

Did you realise that almost half of the molecules used in anti-cancer drugs are derived from natural products? It’s no wonder then that up 40% of all cancers are considered preventable by dietary and lifestyle modification. In an effort to help identify foods which could have the greatest cancer beating potential, one research group have …