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Does anyone else find that many of the websites that allow you to search for the gi or gl content of foods are missing some of the most basic foods and then some? I have three sites I go to and a search for ''coconut'' yielded no results, no did searching for 2% milk. It seems they like to list the gi/gl for lots of brand name foods that are prepared, like Quaker instant oatmeal, or Quik, which is useful for people who eat lots of prepackaged/prepared food but if we're diabetic we're really supposed to be staying away from those processed foods aren't we? I also find many of the brand names listed are not found in North America, at least in Canada. Does anyone have any great websites for looking up the GI/GL of virtually ANY food? Thanks in advance
 

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Pfffft! I'm beginning to see what you mean! I've never paid any attention to the glycemic index - I just look at carb content. But just now I'm trying to find ANYTHING that gives the eGL of coconut and there's NOTHING. I found one really comprehensive-looking chart at a diabetes site - searched for nuts, and whadya think I found? GRAPENUTS! And that's ALL. Searches for individual nuts revealed nothing. Are not nuts our secret weapon in "diabetiology"?! I consider nuts almost a free food, and yet no nuts even listed on a diabetes food chart. ('Course they had a book for sale - supposedly an "authoritative" guide to the GI . . . mebbe that's why they dasn't publish a complete chart - you gotta buy the book! :rolleyes:)

Well, welcome to the board, garconchaud . . . maybe others here have a better idea than I have. Tell us more about yourself & how you manage your diabetes.
 

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Because the testing methodology is laborious, there are many foods that have not been put through the process of determining GI/GL. And many things can impact the results, including the ripeness of fruits and preparation of foods. I've not found any of it very useful anyway. My meter has proven itself over and over to be the best reflection of which carbs work and which don't in my diet.

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Hi Shanny and Jen

Thanks for the welcome!

Isn't it weird the listings are all like that (brand-named processed foods)? It's like advertising masquerading as health information. They will list the GI/GL for multiple kinds of Quaker instant oatmeal but they don't mention that we actually should be eating steel cut oats, not instant oatmeal (if we really care about managing diabetes).

I guess since most foods today are processed then it's easier to create an index based on the information already available on the packaging. I still find it odd they haven't come up with a complete listing yet of basic food items given there's hundreds of millions of diabetics in the world, but you do make a good point, Jen, that it's a big job and it's no substitute for reading labels or measuring your blood sugar.

Personally it would be nice to be able to base my grocery shopping list on a complete GI/GL listing of foods. I know which foods groups are better than others, but a proper index would allow me to choose the best particular foods from the best groups.

I'm male, just turned 30, slightly underweight, and was just diagnosed but they can't tell yet if I'm type 1 or type 2. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I live in Winnipeg, Canada and they sent my blood samples to the Mayo Clinic on Tuesday.

What about yourselves? What type are you and how long have you had diabetes?
 

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Hello, welcome to our community! I agree with you on the GI situation, but it has still helped me for many things I eat. The Calorie King book with its listings of carbs and calories is with me everywhere I go. I am type 1 and I need 1 unit of insulin for every 6 carbs I eat, so carb counting is absolutely necessary for me. I try and avoid food that has a high GI number so my BG is not too high two hours after eating. If a food is not in the GI list I experiment with it and keep a record. My A1c is 5.6 and by keeping my daily carb intake around 130-150 I do not gain weight.

If you are slightly underweight, you might be Type 1, but not necessarily. If you are controlling your blood sugar without insulin you may be experiencing your honeymoon period and do not need insulin yet. I know you are anxious to get your diagnosis. An endocrinologist (diabetes specialist) is the best doctor for correct diagnosing and prescribing the best treatment.

I have been type 1 for 64 years and I am very healthy. I have very tight control. That has worked well for me.

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Good morning!

I'm a T1 - was diagnosed in 2007 at age 52. I was already eating a moderately low carb diet based on Dr. Barry Sears' work, so I didn't have to change my eating habits too much.

When grocery shopping I find that the simplest advice in the world is the best....shop the perimeter of the store. That's where most of the fresh, whole foods are. Unless I'm entertaining (or baking bread, which I just can't stop doing!), I almost never go down an interior aisle. Here's my basic shopping list:

Protein: fresh fish, beef, pork, chicken, eggs, etc. for each meal, including 1 pound of fresh roasted turkey breast for breakfasts

Dairy: Cream for coffee, 1% milk for my hubby's cereal, Greek yogurt, low fat cottage cheese, butter

Veggies: NO potatoes, no sweet potatoes, no yams,no beets, no parsnips. Yes to salad greens, winter and summer squash (we eat a ton of spaghetti squash), eggplant, tomatoes, celery, cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, peppers (bell and chile), carrots, mushrooms, scallions, onions (sparingly), garlic, fresh herbs if not in my garden, turnips, rutabagas, corn for my hubby but not me

Fruit: NO melons :(, no dried fruit, limited stone fruits. Yes to blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, grapefruit, tangerines, apples (in very limited servings)

Grains and legumes: NO rice (ever for me!). Yes to oats (limited qty), bulgur and quinoa, lentils, black beans, garbanzos

Seeds and nuts: Sunflower seeds, almonds, macadamias, flax seeds

Fats: Cheese, olives, olive oil, safflower oil, canola oil, tahini

Not a complete list, but you can see that the fruits and veggies are all in the lower GI range and you can eat a ton of most of the veggies. Fruits are more problematic, at least for me.

Hope this helps a bit...I've rattled on for a long time.

Jen
 

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The GI of coconut has not been computed. This is according to the lastest book by Dr. Jenny Brand-Miller The New Glucose Revolution, Third Edition. The discussion about this is on page 159 of the book I have, and is copyrighted 2007. I also have looked elsewhere, but like others, nothing to be found for this nut.
 
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