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06 Apr 2004

GI Index
I am slightly confused. The way I understood it, foods with a GI of 55 and lower are considered low GI foods, yet on your list of "low" GI foods, all the values are much higher. I Also think I read somewhere that dried fruit should be avoided if one has hypolycaemia yet it states under GI - Hypo that you can have raisins and with a GI of 91 I consider this to be quite high? What GI ratio is actually considered to be "low"??
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Tracy
Most foods are eaten in combinations, e.g. cereal with milk, which lowers the GI of the cereal, or wholewheat bread with margarine, or salads with an oil and vinegar dressing, etc. If you suffer from hypoglycaemia, insulin resistance or diabetes then you would eat predominantly low GI foods (with a GI below 55), but even diabetics are allowed small portions of foods with a higher GI to provide variation to the diet. Eating raisins with nuts will once again lower the GI of the combination. Also remember that we eat some foods for other benefits besides their GI value, for example some fruits may have a relatively high GI, but are rich in protective nutrients, so you can include moderate portions in a mixed diet. If you click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The right approach' and read the recent article on "Glycaemic Index update' you will see that the GI is not the only criterion used for selecting foods in a balanced diet. Then if you read the 'Glycaemic Indexes of Commonly Eaten Foods' you will see that the foods are not arranged according to their GI but according to general food group, e.g fruit, breakfast cereals, etc, so you would find all kinds of GIs in any one group.
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