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  • Glycemic Load is certainly an improvement on GI. What’s still missing (speaking as a Type 2 diabetic since 2000) is the complexity of the food load. When I was diagnosed — besides almost fainting with fear — I started measuring my blood sugar 7 times a day. Before and after every meal and before I went to bed. I came to realise that it was not the GI factor nor the GL factor that most “moved the needle”. Neither was it the “average” complexity of what I had eaten. It was the food with the lowest GL factor within the meal. The more complex the meal the better and the more it had one component with a low GL factor the less time sugar spiked in my blood.
  • Giving up added sugar, as I did when I was 20 — see the story behind that in my article — was hard. I didn’t drink tea or coffee for months until I realised that I could add lots of water and start again from there. Gradually, as the authors say, I was able to drink coffee with no sugar (and even no milk) and really taste the flavour. I was able to taste the flavour in all foods — that is something worth having in your life, coming from me who has a poor palate. Now I know how the average Japanese can taste the difference between sashimi from a pregnant fish or non-pregnant fish. (And why any establishment serving sashimi from a pregnant fish will be severely-marked down.) Oh — the answer is that their palates are tuned to real food and seasonal food, and sashimi from a pregnant fish has much less fat and hence less natural sweetness. Get started with no-sugar in your coffee, and you’ll progress from there.

How about the family, when they don’t all follow “Dad’s advice”.

People sometimes burden their decisions with all of the surrounding complications, and “what ifs”. You might be thinking about this in relation to the big change you face in giving up added sugar.

  1. I really believe that I should be doing something about it — to be healthier.
  2. I want my family to come along on the ride as well — it is a much healthier life for me and for them.
  3. How do I get them to change, what if they don’t like the change?
  4. Oh, this is very complicated. I’m not sure how I can really get it to work.

Get it to work for yourself. Don’t take on other people’s jobs.

The article points out the huge sugar load in tomato sauce, which my 10-year-old daughter pours on many things.

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