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07 Jan 2005

Could you please explain what is a low GI Diet.
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Rose
Relatively recently nutrition experts started dividing foods into different categories based on the effect they have on blood sugar and insulin levels. Foods can be classified as having a high glycaemic index (GI), which means they cause your blood sugar and insulin levels to rise steeply (not a good idea), and low GI foods (cause a slow, sustain increase in blood sugar levels and insulin - very desirable). Moderate GI foods are in between. So if someone is supposed to eat a low GI diet, that person would try and concentrate on eating foods with a low or moderate GI, and avoid foods with a high GI. Click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The right approach' and read the articles on the GI to learn more about it. If you have been advised to eat a low GI diet, I would recommend that you consult a clinical dietitian. Check the List of Dietitians on this Website or phone 082-593-0276 or send an e-mail to or look in your local telephone directory or Yellow Pages, to find a dietitian in your area. It is rather tricky to work out a low GI diet so you may benefit from the dietitian's assistance and advice.
Best regards
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