Book brings World Foods to the fore

In Carbs and Calories by James Anstee

The team behind the number one bestselling Carbs & Cals health books have created the first carb awareness guide targeted specifically at Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities. The new book is expected to improve health outcomes, as it uses the same tried-and-tested visual method pioneered by Carbs & Cals over the last 10 years. The book brings much-needed guidance to individuals from African, Arabic, Caribbean and South Asian communities who have a greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes than those from white backgrounds, and can develop the condition from a much earlier age. The resource is also welcomed by HCPs who, to date, have had limited information about some of the ingredients in the traditional diets of these communities.

“Lifestyle and dietary management is fundamental to the treatment of diabetes,” says co-author and Diabetes Specialist Dietitian Salma Mehar. “Typical diets of BAME communities often contain up to 60% carbohydrate. Helping them understand how carbs impact their blood glucose, and how to alter portion sizes and food choices, is key to taking control of their diet and diabetes.”

The book contains 750 photos of food and drinks that are regularly consumed by African, Arabic, Caribbean and South Asian communities. The simple language used avoids misunderstandings occurring about food names, portion sizes and the effect these have on blood sugar. The book is sponsored by the North West London Collaboration of CCGs and is supported by Diabetes UK.

Published by Chello Publishing, the book is available online at Amazon and can be ordered from bookshops for around £12.99.