International Carbohydrate Quality Consortium
The International Carbohydrate Quality Consortium (ICQC) is a non-profit, worldwide organisation of leading nutrition scientists from ten countries across three continents. All members and chairs are academic scientists and/or from non-profit organisations. The mission of the ICQC is to support, summarise and disseminate the science around dietary carbohydrate and health, with the objective to harmonise the work of scientists from academia, industry and government.
IQCQ was created on June 7 2013 in Stresa, Italy, in response to scientific, governmental and public needs to have more clarity on the science around dietary carbohydrates and health. Scientific world experts in carbohydrate quality joined a two-day meeting held with the goal of summarising the evidence of the possible impact of carbohydrate quality including glycemic index (a measure of carbohydrate quality), glycemic load (a measure that combines carbohydrate quality and quantity in real-world portion sizes), and overall issues of glycemic response (how the body’s management of blood sugar is aﬀected by both food and lifestyle over time).
There is convincing evidence from a large body of research that low glycemic index/glycemic load (Gi/GL) diets reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease, help control blood glucose in people with diabetes, and may also help with weight management.
Glycemic index, glycemic load and glycemic response: An ICQC Summit, Stresa, 2013
The Consortium recommended inclusion of glycemic index and glycemic load in national dietary guidelines and food composition tables, and that packaging labels and symbols on low Gi foods should be considered. They also conﬁrmed low Gi measurements complement other ways of characterising carbohydrate foods (such as ﬁbre and whole grain content) and should be considered in the context of an overall healthy diet.
Further published papers from the International Carbohydrate Quality Consortium (ICQC) can be downloaded here
Glycemic index, glycemic load and glycemic response: an international scientific consensus summit from the International Carbohydrate Quality Consortium (ICQC)
Low vs high glycemic index diet
Glycaemic index: did Health Canada get it wrong? Position from the International Carbohydrate Quality Consortium (ICQC)
Weighing up dietary patterns
Recommendation of weight loss by lifestyle changes, diet, and physical activity seems plausible and is the main approach. However, randomised controlled trials suggest that although weight loss is possible in the short term, it is not sustainable in the long term…