Bread and superbread

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  • Updated:15 Sep 2006
 

03.Low glycaemic index

The claims

  • “Low GI for sustained energy.”
    - TIP TOP Up Energi
  • “For slow energy release and increased feeling of fullness.”
    - BURGEN Mixed Grain
  • “Digested slowly to give sustained energy.”
    - MOORES Rye and Wholegrain Low GI
  • “The carbohydrate in [COUNTRY LIFE BAKERY] Performax (GI 38) is digested and absorbed gradually in contrast to the rapid absorption of regular wholemeal breads (GI 77).”
  • “It’s the low GI that really satisfies, with the sustained energy to help your kids work and play.”
    - WONDER WHITE Low GI

The facts

Most of these claims are little more than marketing hype.

If you have diabetes or pre-diabetes there’s growing evidence that you should be considering GI as a factor in making healthy food choices, but for generally healthy people research hasn’t yet shown significant health benefits.

Low GI doesn’t necessarily mean ‘healthy’: potato crisps have a low GI and so does chocolate cake.

The verdict

If you’re concerned about GI, you might just as well buy ordinary multigrain bread — it has a lower GI than most of the brands of bread we found making special GI claims.

 

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