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Bedfordview Spar

cnr Nicol & van Buuren Roads


011 450 1474


Bryanston Organic Market

Culross Road (off Main Road)


Thursdays & Saturdays 09h00 - 15h00


Green Bean Coffee Roastery

Beyers Naude Drive


082 889 9987


Cheese Gourmet

3rd Avenue Linden

011 888 5384

Country Meat Pineslopes

cnr Forest Road & Sunset Avenue


011 465 0664

Country Meat Linden

Cnr 1st & 6th Roads



Craighall Spar

Lancaster Road


011 788 1510


Doppio Zero Greenside

cnr Barry Hertzog & Gleneagles Stree


011 646 8740

Down to Earth Deli

2 Riviera Lane

Featherbrooke Ext 8



Eagle Canyon Spar

cnr Scott & Frederik Streets

Randpark Ridge


011 794 6478

Fresh2U Farmers Market

Franz Hoenig Grounds


1st & 4th Saturday of each month from 09h00 - 13h00

Fuel Foods

Shop UM 8

Hyde Park Corner Shopping Centre

Cnr Jan Smuts & Sixth

011 442 2003


Fruits and Roots

Hobart Shopping Centre


011 463 2928




011 314 1211

Hout Bay Spar

Victoria Road

Hout Bay 

Cape Town

021 790 2683


Jackson's Real Food Market

Riverside Shopping Centre

Bryanston Drive

011 463 1598


Jozi Market

Pirates Country Club

Parktown North/Greenside

Saturdays 08h30 - 13h30


Nutri Balance

Shop L57(by the food court)

Sandton City

011 784 9249

Nuts About Snacks

Shop # 1 Northmead Mall

First Street


Nuts About You

Shop # 3 Douglasdale Shopping Centre

Cnr Leslie & Douglas Drive


011 462 2887


Organic Living

Constantia Village Shopping Centre

Cape Town

021 794 1888

Stelkor Pharmacy

34 Piet Retief Street


021 883 3162


Steve's Spar

Beyer's Naude Drive


011 476 1000

Super Spar Broadacres

Broadacres Shopping Centre

Cedar Road


011 540 1500


Super Spar Hobart

Hobart Shopping Centre

Grosvenor Road


011 463 2194


Super Spar Monument Park

73 Skilpad Road

Monument Park


012 460 8161

The Good Health Shop

Marine Drive

1 Surf Bay Centre

Shelly Beach


Weleda Pharmacy

Naturally Yours Centre


011 463 3604


Weleda Pharmacy

Pineslopes Shopping Centre

011 467 2430

Wellness Warehouse

Brooklyn Mall

Shop 309 Brooklyn Mall

cnr Fehrson & Lange Streets

New Muckleneuk


012 460 2154


Shop C13 Cavendish Square

C/O Dreyer & Main Road


Cape Town

021 673 7200



Shop 39A

Gardens Shopping Centre

Cnr Mill & Buitenkant Streets

Cape Town 


Lifestyle on Kloof

50 Kloof Street 

C/O Kloof & Park Road

Cape Town CBD

021 487 5420


Thrupps Illovo

Shop G12

Thrupps Illovo Centre

204 Oxford Road



Wheelers Pharmacy

The Passageway

Main Road

Hout Bay

021 790 3136



Why is low GI so important? PDF Print E-mail

Research over the last 30 years has found that not all carbohydrates are digested and absorbed at the same rate. This means that different carbohydrates have different effects on blood glucose and insulin levels. This difference is called the Glycaemic Index (GI).
This glycaemic index is a ‘blood glucose indicator’ which will provide us with an indication of the rate at which carbohydrate-rich foods affect the blood glucose levels after they have been consumed.
High-GI foods are digested and absorbed very quickly and cause a steep rise in blood glucose levels. In response to this, our bodies try keep the blood sugar levels as stable as possible by releasing a large surge of insulin.

Low GI foods, on the other hand, are digested and absorbed slowly but steadily and thus produce stable increases in blood glucose levels. This means that the body only needs a small, steady stream of insulin to control the increase in blood glucose levels.

But, before you rush out to buy some oats or muesli from your local supermarket, consider this - the type of grain that is in the muesli is of significant importance with regards to its Glycaemic Index!
A study conducted by the University of Lund in Switzerland1 found that differences in glycaemic responses to various starchy foods are related to differences in the rate of starch digestion and absorption. This study deduced that minimal processing of oat and barley flakes had a relatively minor effect on GI features compared with the more extensive commercial processing. What this essentially means is that the more processing the grain is subjected to, the higher the GI value.

What exactly does this processing entail?

  • When the grain is ‘rolled’ it essentially means that it is subjected to a process whereby it is put through a machine that flattens the structure of the grain which makes it more digestible. So the oats/barley go in as a round grain and comes out as a flat flake.
  • Some grains are subjected to this process multiple times which means that they keep getting put through the roller until they become flatter and flatter and more and more insubstantial.
  • This is done by most of the commercial producers in order to make their grains as soft as possible so that it
    • Takes less time to chew (you essentially land up consuming more) and is digested quickly. This will make you feel full initially but you will be hungry again in a short while and will lead to that mid-morning slump and having you reach for the nearest chocolate or packet of crisps
    • Can be made into an instant porridge by just adding hot water

So the question is how do you, the consumer know what the difference is between grains that have been minimally processed and grains that are highly processed?

Here are a few pointers:

  • Make sure that you can see the product that you are buying. Many muesli’s are packed in a box or opaque plastic which makes it difficult to view the contents. You wouldn’t buy vegetables or meat that you couldn’t see would you? Same with muesli!
  • Look for a grain that is still whole and dense. The more ‘transparent’ the oats are, the more they’ve been processed.
  • Look for as little powder residue as possible. The more the grain is rolled, the more powdery they become which will result in a whole lot of grain ‘dust’.
  • Oats that have not been highly processed take a lot longer to cook and retain a nutty texture as opposed to being ‘mush’.
  • Nina’s Low GI Mueslionly uses barley and oats that have been rolled once. This means that although they might take longer to chew, they will be digested at a lower rate, thus producing stable increases in blood glucose levels.