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Collins Gem - GL: Glycaemic Load Explained Paperback – 3 Jan 2006


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (3 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007222149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007222148
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.2 x 12 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 206,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Kelvin Hill on 2 Mar. 2006
Format: Paperback
I agree with the previous review, this book doesn't allow you to calculate exact GL values, but what this book does point out is that foods very rarely have a precise GL value, but usually fall within a range.
For those people who don't need to stringently keep their combined daily GL total below a certain level, I think this book is great. It helps you make informed choices between a host of alternatives. I even get to eat peanut M&Ms (in moderation of course)!!
It's very small (about 4"x3") but has an extensive 56 page introduction explaining the whole GL thing, followed by 170 pages of food values grouped within sections.
I think it's great (and I've lost 10lbs in 3 weeks) without going short of food.
One last thing...
Following a low GL food regime means I don't get ravenous, but my mouth does still get bored (I love eating). Chewing gum doesn't do it for me, but I've discovered that TicTacs are just the ticket. They scarcely impact on blood sugar levels and keep my mouth busy when I might otherwise be tempted to nibble on something just to alleviate the boredom. OK, so you don't want to eat them by the kilo, but they're worth trying in moderation. Certainly does it for me!! Buy them cheapest as multi-packs from your supermarket.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Feb. 2006
Format: Paperback
I bought this book to assist me when starting out with the GL diet. I had hoped that it would be a handy pocket guide that I could keep in my bag, check on foods and keep to my 40GLs a day.
The book does give 'GL ratings for hundreds of foods' but only in a traffic-light rating. So Low GL foods = Green, Medium = Yellow, High = Red. And you can't REALLY work out whether you're under/over your 40GL a day.
I think if you're looking to maintain your weight wit GL then use this, but for new starters (like me) I'm looking for something else.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maggie on 31 Oct. 2009
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A very handy little book that has an informative introduction to GI and GL and how to make good choices. The listings of foods is pretty comprehensive and as a bonus has the Carb, Fibre, Cal, Protein and Fat values as well.
The book uses the traffic light system of red, yellow and green for each food rather than precise GL number which the authors point out can vary within a small range for the same foodstuff, so would not be accurate. It also points out GL is not the whole picture as some foods with no GL can be highly calorific, hence the need to quote the other values.
This works well for me as I only want to lose weight and keep it off. I don't have a medical problem which requires me to know precisely how much I am having on a daily basis.
The last section is called "Putting it into practice" and contains some ideas for low GL meals and a bit about what to aviod and choose when eating out.
This is exactly what it is meant to be, a good "little" reference book. If you want recipes you will need to buy a GL recipe book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By EnglishRose on 4 Oct. 2012
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Waste of 2.99 very annoyed and want my money back, as on a black and white kindle you cant see what the colours are so the traffic light system doesnt work!

how can i get my money back on here?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. A. Glover on 16 Feb. 2012
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Really useful little book. Small enough to carry in the handbag and use discreetly in supermarkets! It packs a lot of information into its small format though - I have found it more useful than other standard-size books on the subject. Well worth the money for me.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Down to earth advice and takes the complexity out of GL and I now understand more about GL and GI diets. I have now adopted the principles given in the book and continue to learn more. I have recommended this book to fellow members of a Type 2 Diabetic forum on Facebook

Only one nag, for the Kindle version it would be more help full if the ratings circles could be adopted for a Kindle, different shades of grey don't really work.
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