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May 2019 GI News


Whether it’s for better health, a better environment or animal welfare, choosing to go vegan is one of the biggest diet trends. Vegan or plant-based diets skip the cholesterol and most of the saturated fat found in animal products, and are richer in fibre and some vitamins says Dr Neal Barnard. Studies have shown that a low-fat vegan diet has enormous health benefits – people following vegan diets are slimmer, have healthier cholesterol levels and a much lower risk of type 2 diabetes, compared with meat-eaters, pescatarians, and ovo-lacto-vegetarians he says. Enjoy this issue of GI News where we check out plant-based diets, try the recipes, and join in the conversation on our facebook page here.



Look for the GI Symbol


The easiest way to find all round healthy food choices is to look for the GI symbol. They make you feel fuller for a longer time and help control appetite.



Not all Carbohydrate foods are equal


The Glycemic Index (GI) is a relative ranking of carbohydrate in foods according to how they affect blood glucose levels.

Carbohydrates with a low GI value (55 or less) are more slowly digested, absorbed and metabolised and cause a lower and slower rise in blood glucose and, therefore insulin levels.