1 February 2006

GI News—February 2006


In This Issue:

  • There May Not Be a Magic Bullet, But We still Have Commonsense
  • The Protective Power of Plant Protein
  • Did Your Kids Eat Breakfast This Morning?
  • If You Want to Give Your Kids a Headstart, Give Them Oatmeal for Breakfast

  • Pita Bread: The Perfect Pocket
  • Pure Maple Syrup: The Real Thing
  • Chinese Combination Soup for One

  • Success Stories—One day in the summer of 1998, Leigh Hatcher’s life turned upside down. A simple virus took him into the wilderness of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for more than two years—until he found low GI …
  • The New Glucose Revolution (direct mail edition)

  • I haven't been able to find a reference as to what GI number a person should shoot for when trying to diet. Is there a formula, such as ‘take goal weight, multiply by age, divide by activity level?
  • I’m confused. What’s the difference between GI and GL? Should I use GI or GL and does it really matter?
  • How do you figure out the GL numbers?
  • Does Low Carb automatically mean low GI?
  • Does Sugar Cause Diabetes?
  • Is sugar the worst thing for people with diabetes?
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Anonymous said...

How do I ask a question?
I am curious what wholemeal flour is.

GI Group said...

Hi - have a look at the following entry that explains both wholegrain and wholemeal:


GI Group

Anonymous said...

Hello All
I am hoping that someone might be able to help. I have IBS, PCOS and just last week was diagnosed with helicobacter pylori. I am overwhelmed. Does anyone know are they all connected in anyway or what?????? I am starting GI diet on Monday. I have looked up stuff on the Web and hope that maybe after treating the helicobacter pylori, this will help clear the IBS symptoms. Does this make sense? Any info v much appreciated

GI Group said...


We cannot give medical advice and strongly suggest you follow the guidance of your doctor.

Here's some some info on PCOS and diet taken from The Low GI Guide to Managing PCOS, but again you need to discuss this with your doctor or a dietitian specialising in PCOS:

There is recognition of the link between PCOS and insulin resistance. Dietary management of PCOS should focus on weight reduction for those who are overweight. Consideration also needs to be given to the role of varying dietary composition in increasing insulin sensitivity. On the balance of evidence, a diet low in saturated fat and high in fibre with predominantly low-GI-carbohydrate foods would appear to the most logical choice. Such a diet may help short term in improving the symptoms of this condition, as well as long term, in reducing the risk of diseases linked with insulin resistance.

Best...gi group

Anonymous said...

Dear Sirs,
I am searching for GL advise for diabetes 2 patient being treated by medicine, Amaryl 0.5mg times 3 per day.HbA1C has been stable at 4.2 %. Where can I find such information regarding the recommended daily intake in terms of GL per day.
Asao Ishizuka