1 March 2009

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Anonymous said...

Recently, one of my morning 'treats' is to add about 3 or 4 TBSP of "Nature's Path Organic Flax Plus pumpkin granola" on my oldfashioned rolled oats once it's cooked. It gives a wonderfulu cruch to the whole thing: I allow myself this indulgence once or twice a week.
This is to enquire as to how 'damaging' this would be to a maintence of the 12 lb weight loss I've achieved, and continued to achieve for about 6 months. On the box it says that 3/4 cup of this granola is 260 calories; its fibre content is 20%. Ingredients, in order, are Organic rolled oats, organic evaporated cane juice, organic soy oil, organic brown rice flour, organic pumpkin seeds, organic flaxseeds, organic oat syrup solids, sea salt, organic molasses, organic rice bran extract, organic cinnamon.
So, I guess my question is, am I best not to make this a habit - ie I could certainly inccrease this treat in frequency -, or is it ok because of its high fibre content? Your counsel appreciated...
Melody G

GI Group said...

Here's what our dietitian Kate Marsh says:

"Hi Melody – this cereal sounds like it would be fine to include and the fibre content is good and should be low GI, but it is your total energy (calorie) intake that is important for weight loss and maintenance. So if you were to add this regularly you would need to make sure you cut down elsewhere (eg reduce the portion of oats you add it to) to make sure you are not taking in extra calories – if you were not to do this and just added it as an extra on a regular basis you may find that you do gain some weight."

BrianW said...

One of the headings at the top of this "GI News" is misleading. It should read "Flaxseed oil is NOT as good as fish oil"


Anonymous said...

thanks for your very informative and lively GI news bulletin.
I am writing to ask :
Is there a particular diet which I could follow if I am experiencing rather high blood glucose levels (sometimes) when testing after fast. i.e. around 7 (dropping to 4.5). My doctor said I need to keep a watch and get my self tested on a regular basis but that I should be careful with diet and exercise. I am around 46 kgs 5' off the ground - I am very thin. I exercise a lot-mostly walking. How careful should I be? Should I be following the low GI diet??

GI Group said...

Re a diet for high blood glucose levels:

We have spoken to our diabetes dietitians and they think it would be a good idea to see a registered dietitian so that you have a diet tailored to your likes and dislikes and that you can stick with.

If what you have is impaired fasting glucose(= pre-diabetes), a low GI diet is recommended. Because you are very slim, our dietitians suggest generous inclusion of good fats as well (nuts, avocado, canola, olive etc oils). Regular meals are important too.

You may want to pick up (or borrow) a copy of The Diabetes and Pre-diabetes Handbook by Prof Jennie Brand-Miller and her team. In the US this book is called The New Glucose Revolution for Diabetes.

It is very important to be well informed. Best wishes and good luck.