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Apr 13 2017

The CSIRO low-carb diet by Grant Brinkworth and Pennie Taylor

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Macmillan Australia, 2017. ISBN 9781925481488
(Age 14 - Adult) Recommended. Following other successful books from the CSIRO, The CSIRO low-carb diet is sure to be popular with people who are seeking advice about a more healthy lifestyle and diet. Based on research from around the world as well as research that the CSIRO has done in Australia, it is particularly relevant for people living here.
The book is divided into well illustrated easy to read sections. I found the Our Health Challenges section particularly useful as it looked at the rise of obesity and related diseases, in particular cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes. Part 2, Why the CSIRO low-carb diet works, gives the scientific background and facts about carbs and glucose. The Weekly meal plans will prove a boon for people who are determined to improve their diet. A shopping list for the week is also a useful aid and the pictures of vegetables and salad ingredients that contain low amounts and moderate amounts of carbs make an immediate impact and are really useful to the reader.
The exercise section is also well illustrated with clear instructions on why exercise is important and hints for staying motivated. It gives information for both a weekly aerobic exercise program and a resistance training program.
The recipe section is divided into Breakfast, Lunch, Seafood, Poultry and Pork, Beef and Lamb, Vegetarian and Snacks and Desserts. All the recipes have excellent photographs, providing the reader with a tantalising idea of what the food will look like. The recipes are well organised into ingredients and easy to follow instructions.
At the back of the book in Appendix A, How doctors manage Type 2 diabetes, is well organised information that will be very beneficial to people with diabetes as well as those diagnosed with pre-diabetes.
People using this book will find lots of useful information about health issues, a diet to follow that will improve the health of those who have diabetes and many recipes that can be incorporated into daily eating habits.
Pat Pledger

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