GI News – May 2021

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 98,000 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 …

HOW IMPORTANT IS OUR MICROBIOME?

We know the average human being has about 20,000 genes sitting on 23 pairs of chromosomes. They make us into the unique individuals that we are. Surprisingly, however, we also have many freeloaders – various bacteria, fungi and viruses – within our body that contain about 100 times more genes – at least 2,000,000 and …

PROBIOTIC SUPPLEMENTS MAY BENEFIT PEOPLE WITH DIABETIC NEPHROPATHY

Diabetic nephropathy, or diabetic kidney disease, is a serious kidney-related complication of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. It is estimated that globally, around 25% of people with diabetes eventually develop the condition. It is one of the leading causes of chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease, which leads to the requirement for …

THE MICROBIOME AND RISK OF DIABETES

There is increasing interest in the role that the microbiome may play in our health. One area that is the subject of much recent research is the impact of our gut bacteria on glucose metabolism and risk of type 2 diabetes. Many studies have shown differences in the gut microbiome between people with and without …

MICROBIOME LINGO: PREBIOTICS, PROBIOTICS AND SYNBIOTICS

Our microbiome is a collection of around 100 trillion bacteria (mostly), fungi and viruses that live both on the surface of our body’s and inside our gastrointestinal tract – from mouth to anus. A typical adult’s microbiome weighs around 1 kilogram, equivalent to some of our essential organs. Believe it or not, there are about …

PROBIOTICS IN FOODS

The market for probiotic fortified foods, beverages and dietary supplements has exploded globally in the last decade. Products range from fortified drinks to confectionary containing strains of specific bacteria and/or yeasts that are believed to confer health benefits. Some products combine probiotics with prebiotics and are therefore synbiotics. An example would be yoghurt containing live …

MUESLI

Muesli has evolved from a hippie-health-food that traditionalists referred to as ‘bird seed’ to a contemporary canvas upon which to create your own bespoke wellness breakfast. How times have changed; it’s hip to eat healthy now.Muesli is a mixture of rolled oats, grains, nuts, seeds and dried fruits and was developed around 1900 by a …

THE GOOD CARBS KITCHEN

HARISSA PRAWN SKEWERS WITH DILL & APPLE COLESLAW 0:25 Prep • 4 Serves • Entrée • Every day INGREDIENTS 24 large uncooked prawns, peeled and deveined, leaving tails intact 2 bunches asparagus, trimmed, cut into 3cm lengths 2 red onions, cut into wedges 2 tablespoons sweet chilli sauce 1 tablespoon harissa paste ¼ red cabbage, …

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GI News – March 2021

The vast majority of published GI values are of Western origin, notably European, Australian and North American. We know that GI values are altered by the degree of cooking and processing and this will vary from country-to-country. In this edition of GI News we focus on the GI of non-Western foods, with a particular emphasis …