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I was recently diagnosed with insulin resistance, so I jumped right on the Low Glycemic train. I love the Complete Idiot's Guide to 20-minute meals, so I thought this would be the best place to start. The first part of the book has lots of helpful information, and each recipe shows all the nutritional content. The downside is that a lot of the recipes include expensive ingredients or ingredients that I can't find anywhere, such as Hi-Maize and Xylitol and Soy Flour. My only resort would be ordering online. With the 20 min meals book, I could almost always flip it open and find something to make with what I already had in the house. The fruit recipes are plentiful, but as someone who loves fruit, I can eat tons of it and don't need the bother of cooking it. But for those who find it hard to get in their daily servings, they would probably be great. I also found that many of the recipes involve a lot of meat and though there is a small vegetarian section, those recipes don't look stellar. I would say, if you're a vegetarian, a picky eater or on a budget, maybe just try looking up recipes online.
My friend told me about this cookbook and since I had read other books by Lucy Beale, I bought this book even though I am not that familiar with the Glycemic Index. My goal is to eat less carbs and sugar and more veggies and protein - turns out that is kind of what this cookbook is about! Low fat! What I really like about this cookbook is that most of the recipes are very simple using ingredients that you would normally buy or have in your pantry. There are lots of everyday recipes and some others to share at dinner parties or for special occasions. My favorites so far are: Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce and to be entirely decadent - the Chocolate Ganache and the Flourless Chocolate Cake. My husband is gluten intolerant, so the flourless cake is a hit at our house. One of my daughters is a Type I diabetic and I bought this book for her and her husband. She loves it! This cookbook is for everyone. I love the fresh ideas and easy recipes. The authors have included info with each recipe on calories, fiber, protein, carbs, and fat. I have this cookbook out on the counter in my kitchen, and when I get stuck for an idea of what to cook for dinner, I ALWAYS find a recipe in this book. Buy it!!
You don't have to read far in this book to seriously question the credibility of the authors and even editors. On page 11 is a big table that breaks foods down into categories based on their glycemic index and nutritional value. It has some really questionable entries.
In the "Low Glycemic with high Nutrutional Value" section (what they call "grade A2") they list MILK CHOCOLATE, ICE CREAM and JUICE! The first ingredient in most milk chocolates is refined sugar. Ice cream is also typically loaded with sugar (or worse high fructose corn syrup). And most wouldn't consider either "highly nutritional". And most juices also have a relatively high glycemic index as well. All of these typically have a glycemic index around 50 or above which is considered moderate to high. So this is just plain misleading and wrong.
Then they go on to rate soy protein as having "low nutritional value". I'm not a big fan of soy, but for vegans, it's often a primary source of protein and certainly provides nutrutional value. And all of the above are not likely simple formatting mistakes with the table as some of it is repeated in the text.
I also checked the nutritional data of some of the more suspect recpies that have lots of carbs using the USDA nutritional database and found the glycemic and carb numbers in the book tended to be optimistic (at least for the ones I checked).
There are recipies like Strawberry Jelly Rolls with 29 grams of net carbs per serving that, in my opinion, don't belong in a low glycemic cookbook. How can 1/2 a cup of refined sugar and 2/3 cup of strawberry preserves, with almost no fiber at all, yield a "low" glycemic index?
It seems to me the authors took a sloppy and poorly researched approach to this book. They seem to be more interested in telling readers what they think they want to hear (that milk chocolate, juice, jelly rolls, etc. are OK) rather than providing true low glycemic recipes.
After trying just about every diet on the planet, my doctor suggested I try a low GI (Glycemic Index) diet. I was--to say the least--skeptical, and a bit mystified. My doctor didn't provide me with any kind of guide, except to tell me if it's white, don't eat it...really not too helpful. So I did my own research on the internet, and finally decided to try finding a book of some sort to help me begin my low GI quest.
In addition to another book I purchased, this cookbook has become my "go to" guide to low GI eating. It not only gives you the recipes, but also provides helpful information as to why some foods work better than others in lowering the glycemic index, but also provides numbers for glycemic loads, carb's, fat, etc. for each recipe. I've lost 10 lbs since receiving my book (about a month ago), and I'm 58 and postmenopausal! Now, I'm adding exercise to my new lifestyle, and am feeling much better than I have in years. Get this book! You will be amazed.