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The Daily Mail reports that UK food retailer Tesco is pushing what it calls “a sensible alternative to the Atkins diet” - the Glycaemic Index (Gi) diet, designed to reduce the urge to snack between meals.

The goal is to encourage the consumption of foods that are digested slowly and release sugar into the blood more gradually – such as wholemeal bread, apples, vegetables, and wholemeal pasta – that keep people feeling full longer and therefore less likely to snack between meals. Tesco’s private label products that qualify as “low Gi” foods will be labeled as such, as will “medium Gi” foods such as orange juice, bananas.

“High Gi” foods include white bread and chocolate, and give people a fast sugar rush, but leave them feeling hungry in fairly short order, which then encourages unhealthful snacking. These “high Gi” foods will not be labeled, however, because Tesco is trying to encourage positive behavior, not stigmatize less healthful eating.
KC's View:
We like the notion of encouraging good behavior without making a big deal out of bad behavior. And this approach seems to make a certain sense…especially because it allows us to eat bananas and orange juice, two of our favorite foods.

And being able to eat our favorite foods is really what it’s all about, isn’t it?