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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Is a low GI diet just another fad/popular diet?

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    The Glycemic Index Foundation (GIF) is a not-for-profit company supported by The University of Sydney and JDRF (Australia). GIF is committed to providing Australians with … View Profile

    Popular diets that help people lose weight in the short term by cutting out a food group or nutrient (for example, no carbs or no sugar or no fruit) are generally not sustainable in the long run, and are often nutritionally imbalanced, and consequently they are not recommended by health experts around the globe.
    A low GI diet is not a popular diet but a way of eating that is sustainable in the long term and is backed by over 30 years of scientific evidence showcasing the benefits (see below) of adopting a low GI ‘diet’.

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    Kate Marsh

    Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE), Diabetes Educator, Dietitian

    Kate works with clients with type 1 and gestational diabetes, PCOS, and those following a plant-based (vegetarian or vegan) diet. As a diabetes educator, she … View Profile

    GI may seem like another dietary fad (and there are plenty of them!) but the growing body of research into the benefits of low GI diets suggests that this is not the case. For example, low Gi diets have been associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease and can help with weight management and managing diabetes.

    One important factor, which isn’t the case for many other diets, is that there appears to be no down-side to eating the low GI way.  In fact a low GI diet fits very well with the general healthy eating recommendations we know can help with weight management and reducing disease risk, including eating more fibre from foods like fruits, vegetables, legumes and wholegrains.

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