The G.I Factor

At Unislim, there are two little letters that mean a lot to us. And they are..? G and I.

The GI Index is a nutritional phenomenon, a straightforward guide to eating right. GI stand for Glycaemic Index, and the foods Unislim recommends you stock up on tend to fall at the lower end of this scale.

 

 

Pick: Dark Leafy Greens

Add any of broccoli, asparagus, spinach or sugar-snap peas to your plate and hey presto – your meal’s GI value, instantly lowered!

Skip: Starchy Veg

Starchy veg like sweetcorn, parsnips, turnip and potatoes do carry nutritional value, but don’t curb hunger in the longer term.

Pick: Pears

Pears are  a portable gap-filler that will leave your tummy feeling nicely full.

Skip: Papaya, melon and pineapple.

SKIP: Papaya, melon and pineapple. Exotic fruits like these are good for you, but each carry a relatively high GI value.

 

Pick: Red Wine

While a glass of cool water trumps an alcoholic tipple any day, should you decide to indulge, red wine is a medium GI choice. It also contains antioxidants with proven cardiovascular benefits – when taken in moderation!

 

Skip: Alcopops

This box isn’t big enough to tell you how bad these are for you! This much we can say: one 275ml alcopop is the equivalent of one hot chocolate loaded with whipped cream. Scary, huh?

PICK: Chocolate (bet you didn't think we say that!)

Yes, if you’ve earned your Bonus BITES, you can bite into a delicious piece of dark chocolate. It is high in fat content, but low in GI value.

 

Skip: Rice Cakes

These so-called healthy treats are one of the highest GI foods available – clocking in around 90 on the GI scale. Translated? They’ll send your blood sugar to crazy town: not good for your metabolism; not good for your waistline!

 

Pick: Pitta Bread

Pitta wears a medium GI badge, and is a Unislim fill-you-up favourite. We always keep wholemeal pittas in our store cupboard, using them for lunches, as an alternative to burger buns, or on a healthy mezze plate when having friends around.

Pick: Pitta

Pitta wears a medium GI badge, and is a Unislim fill-you-up favourite. We always keep wholemeal pittas in our store cupboard, using them for lunches, as an alternative to burger buns, or on a healthy mezze plate when having friends around.

 

Skip: Baguettes

They’re big, they’re doughy, but do they go the distance? Mais non! French sticks are placed at the very top of the GI index, in at 95. Once scoffed, they’ll rapidly convert to sugar in your system, which then converts to – yep – trouble!

 

Pick: Legumes

Better known as pulses, legumes include chickpeas (homemade hummus, anyone?), lentils (add to soups and curries for hearty eating) and kidney beans (we have a yummy Chilli Con Carne recipe here XXX). Legume GI values typically range from late teens (lentils) to late twenties (chickpeas).

 

Skip: Boxed Cereals

The majority of supermarket shelf cereals are loaded with high glycaemic sweeteners. Have a bowl for breakfast and by eleven am those hunger pangs could ping! A far better option is to make porridge or muesli part of your morning routine. If you do choose a boxed cereal, however, make it All Bran – it’s the lowest GI choice.

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