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Boring and over done. Better GI diet books are available
on July 19, 2012
I read the GL Load diet book before I read this and found that one easier to understand and use. That book was recommended to me by my nutritionist. I bought thinking it was more of the GL diet - it is, but on a very limited basis.
I have read a number of diet books and found this has way too much information. Example, page 19 has a chart on "Factors That Influence the GI Value of a Food. These factors include the "viscosity of fiber", and "high amylose to amylopectin ratio". Honestly, do nutritionists even look at that informaation for most of their patients? The book is 2/3rds full of this sort of information. Honestly I thought I was reading a college level nutrition book. By the time I got to the essential information, I was bored. I flipped many of the pages because of this problem and probably missed some good information. On the other hand, I have already read most of the information elsewhere in simplier form.
The book does have a nice list of of foods with their GI levels and GL levels, recipes and a few practical tips.
I gave it a 2 instead of a 1 because
1) there is a list of foods with excellent GL and GI information. This list goes somewhat beyond the information offered in either the GL Load diet book or the Glycemic Load Couner (Blades). Therefore it is a decent reference.
2) they do caution against relying on the GL exclusively (but then the GI should not be used exclusively).
3) they have some nice recipes.
4) for beginners in dieting there are some good assessment tests of the fat you eat (pg. 83) and a good discussion on protein in the diet (pg. 50-51). There are some other good dieting tips but these jewels are mixed in with too much science, charts and explanations.
There are far better, simplier books out there.