LEGUMES

Humans have long known about the benefits of eating legumes and in many parts of the world they are the main source of protein. They are also high in carbohydrate and dietary fibre. Whether you buy them dried, or opt for canned for convenience, you are choosing one of nature’s lowest GI foods. They are …

THE WHY OF RYE

If you asked me to suggest classic American foods I picked up from watching TV shows growing up, I’d probably say burgers, hot dogs, Thanksgiving turkey and…pastrami on rye. This classic Jewish kosher deli sandwich was made popular in New York City (and in US TV shows set in NYC) and took the Scandinavian staple …

THE GOOD CARBS KITCHEN

TOMATO AND CHICKPEA SALAD 0:15 Prep • 4 Serves • Side • Every day INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon lemon juice ½ teaspoon ground cumin 4 Cups baby spinach 2 large tomatoes, sliced 1 ½ Cups halved mixed cherry tomatoes 400g can no-added-salt chickpeas, rinsed and drained 1 shallot, thinly sliced ¼ cup …

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GI NEWS – NOVEMBER 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 …

WHAT DO WE MEAN BY A LOW GLYCEMIC LOAD DIET?

If you put the keywords glycemic load AND diet into Google Scholar for studies published in 2020 and 2021, you’ll get over 10,000 results. Some of those hits describe clinical trials comparing a low glycemic load (GL) diet with a high one. But what exactly do we mean by a diet with a low glycemic …

CARB QUALITY AND RISK OF METABOLIC SYNDROME

Carbohydrate quality may play a role in the development of metabolic syndrome, according to two recent systematic reviews and meta-analyses of observational studies. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors including: High blood pressure Raised blood glucose High waist circumference (excess weight around the middle) Abnormal blood fats, including high triglycerides and low HDL …

LOWERING THE GL WITH SMARTER CARB CHOICES

When first diagnosed with diabetes, my clients often tell me that they’ve changed to using Basmati rice, new potatoes, and sourdough bread as lower GI options. This is the first step towards better glucose control, but the next step is to consider the serving size, even of these lower GI choices. This is because the …

WATERMELON

I took great delight in singing a song about watermelons to my son when he was a toddler. And I have great memories from my own childhood of eating watermelon outside on the grass on hot summer days. Looking back, I’m sure this alfresco eating approach was a mess-minimisation measure from my mum, but it …

THE GOOD CARBS KITCHEN

ROASTED TOMATO, QUINOA AND CRISPY CHICKPEA SALAD WITH CREAMY CASHEW DRESSING 0:50 Prep • 6 Serves • Main • Every day INGREDIENTS 500g cherry tomatoes, halved 5 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon roughly chopped fresh thyme freshly ground black pepper fine sea salt 2 x 400g cans chickpeas in spring water, drained and rinsed 2 …