1 November 2006

Books, DVDs, Websites: What’s New?

US and ANZ editions of The Shopper’s Guide to GI Values 2007 now available
Prof. Jennie Brand-Miller and Kaye Foster-Powell with Fiona Atkinson


Check out the latest GI values for your favourite foods in this annual handy pocket guide. Includes:

  • The GI values for hundreds of foods
  • The values listed in A-Z tables by food category
  • A low, medium or high rating for each food
  • A shopping list of low GI essentials to make shopping quicker and healthier
  • A guide to eating out and the healthiest takeaway food options
Available in Australia and New Zealand (Hachette Livre Australia) November 2006 and in the US (Marlowe & Company) December 2006.

Back in stock: Peter’s Howard’s Delicious Living

New Holland Publishers AUD$19.95

We reviewed this title back in June, but a number of readers have reported that they found it hard to get a copy. The good news is that it is now back in stock in book stores Australia wide. The book of 60 plus recipes was written to help people manage their diabetes and enjoy good food at the same time. It is endorsed by Diabetes Australia.


Anonymous said...


I'm currently reading Michel Montignac's book "The Food Lovers Diet" - I'm just wondering if you've reviewed this book, and if it's methods are recommended to follow? I'm also a bit confused as to why it's recommendations vary so much with those from this site? For example, it says to avoid potato and corn in all shapes and forms, (as much as possible of course), and that most pasta's are not okay? I'm confused.... =(

Anonymous said...

We haven't made a study of Michel Montignac's books so can't comment in detail on his dietary restrictions.
The GI Group of nutrition scientists and dietitians based at the University of Sydney is not in favour of blanket restrictions of whole groups of foods, especially inexpensive staple foods. What we suggest is that you choose quality low GI healthy carbs, adopt portion caution with carb-rich foods like pasta and rice, and eat a wide variety of foods to make sure you get all the vitamins, minerals and fibre you need for health and wellbeing. To reduce the overall GI of your diet, check out our Food for Thought in October 2006 GI news.
For example, it's true that most varieties of potato tested so far have a high GI. But you don't have to cut them out altogether if you like them. Eat fewer, combine them with low GI carbs, or try a potato salad as the acid of a vinaigrette slows stomach emptying. And say no to the fries. We did a Food for Thought piece in GI News on potatoes in April 2006 that you may like to check out.
Corn (sweetcorn) has a low GI as does pasta (cooked al dente). But because pasta is such a carb rich food, you do need to watch how much you eat.