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The GL Diet For Dummies

By: Nigel Denby and Sue Baic Published: 05-19-2006

If you’re sick of no-carb diets, or just looking for a healthy eating plan, then the GL Diet is for you. No more calculations, no calorie-counting and no more cravings for carbs – as long as you stick to foods that are low in GL, you can stay healthy and lose weight without having to go without. The GL Diet For Dummies explains the science behind the plan, helps you to incorporate GL into your everyday life and gives readers 80 recipes to try.

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Low-GL Seasonal Fruit and Vegetables

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

Good news: on the glycaemic load diet, you can indulge in hundreds of beautiful, scrumptious fruits and veggies. Check out this guide to what’s in season when. Fruits Vegetables Spring Rhubarb, grapes, limes, passion fruit, sharon fruit, lemons, grapefruit, avocados Leeks, cabbage, watercress, new potatoes, spinach, aubergines, radishes, rocket, spring greens Summer Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants, cherries, nectarines, melons Asparagus, baby carrots, fresh peas, tomatoes, runner beans, lettuce, cucumber, courgettes, peppers mange tout Autumn Blackberries, apples pears, gooseberries, damsons, plums, elderberries, greengages, plums Pumpkin, onions, fennel, wild mushrooms, squash, turnips, red cabbage, celeriac, swede Winter Satsumas, clementines, cranberries, mandarins, tangerines, pears, pomegranates Brussels sprouts, chicory, cauliflower, kale, celery, mushrooms, purple sprouting broccoli

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Handy Tips to Reduce the GL

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

Having some handy tips and pointers when trying to lower your glycaemic load means that you need never get it wrong. Here’s a helpful list of things to remember. Eat small or moderate portions of starchy foods such as bread, potatoes, pasta, and rice. Include lots of low-GL fruit and vegetables at every meal. Aim for a minimum of five servings of fruit and veg per day. Lightly cook veggies for the minimum time or eat them raw. Fresh, frozen, or canned fruit and veg are all fine. Make more of pulses including peas, beans, and lentils in soups, salads, and as a meal accompaniment instead of pasta or rice. Pulses, including dried or canned, count towards your five-a-day fruit and veg. Always include a protein-rich food as part of your meal to reduce the GL. Chose from lean meat, fish, poultry, eggs, low-fat dairy foods, soya products, or quorn. Adding acidic foods such as balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, vinaigrette, or pickles (for example, capers and gherkins) to your meal reduces the overall GL. Adding a little monounsaturated oil such as olive or rapeseed oil, or a little Parmesan cheese or reduced-fat cream to recipes also reduces the GL. Cut right down on highly refined snack foods such as sweets, crisps or corn chips, cakes, biscuits, and pastries made from white flour and sugar. Instead, choose nuts and seeds, or dried fruits such as apple rings or apricots. Instead of milk chocolate, snack on a couple of squares of dark chocolate with over 70 per cent cocoa solids.

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Starchy Staples: Helpful Low-GL Alternatives

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

Use this table to find out which starchy foods to avoid, and discover tasty low-GL alternatives. Keep it handy, so you’re never left wondering if you’ve made the right choices! Starchy staples Low GL High GL Bread Pumpernickel, rye, sourdough, soya and linseed, barley and sunflower, granary, seeded breads and pitta breads (moderate GL) oat cakes, rye crackers (moderate GL) White, wholemeal, French stick, rice cakes, cream crackers, bread sticks Cereal Whole oats, oatmeal, porridge, no added sugar muesli, bran sticks, semolina, quinoa Sweetened cereals, rice based cereals, bran flakes, wheat biscuits, shredded wheat Pasta Egg-based pasta, mungbean noodles Overcooked pasta and pasta ready meals requiring re-heating Rice Long grain, wild, and basmati rice. Bulgur or cracked wheat, couscous, pearl barley Short grain, sticky white rice Potatoes Baby new potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, celeriac, swede Large floury white potatoes, French fries, mashed potato

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