FEA­TURE

Where to go in Abu Dhabi for food that’ll keep you fuller for longer and stop you snack­ing

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The low­down on low GI foods

How low can you go? No, we’re not talk­ing about hitting the dance floor, we’re tal­ing about your diet. Eat­ing food fall­ing on the low range of the glycemic in­dex (GI) is said to help keep blood sugar lev­els steady (think no more sugar crashes at 3pm), keep you fuller for longer, help with weight loss and even re­duce choles­terol lev­els. While it’s pop­u­lar with di­a­bet­ics, you don’t have to be on in­sulin to reap the ben­e­fits of a low GI diet – and the even bet­ter news is there are plenty of places in the cap­i­tal serv­ing dishes that are far from bor­ing.

LOCA POZOLE

Trendy Mex­i­can out­let Loca serves a soup that is a good op­tion for those look­ing to start their meal off right. The chicken soup fea­tures a red chilli broth with hominy (which is ba­si­cally dried maize ker­nels) and fresh av­o­cado. GI rat­ing: 35

The Gal­le­ria, Al Maryah Is­land, Abu Dhabi, daily noon to 2am. Tel: (02) 5823639. Taxi: The Gal­le­ria. lo­cauae.com

GRILLED LOB­STER WITH YEL­LOW CHILLI SAUCE

Seafood is a great low GI op­tion. Case in point is this mor­eish grilled lob­ster in yel­low chilli sauce served at Sho Cho. It’s paired with steamed brown rice. GI rat­ing: 48.5

Souk At Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jess­rain, Abu Dhabi, daily noon to 3am. Tel: (02) 5581117. Taxi: Souk At Qaryat Al Beri. sho-cho.com

FRESCA SALAD

An­other Latino hotspot, Bu! serves a fresh and tangy fresca salad made of pear, ap­ple, tan­ger­ine, hazel­nuts, hi­bis­cus and mixed greens. Best of all, it also in­cludes al­monds – which have a very, very low score on the scale – and are said to help lower your over­all GI rat­ing when eaten with other foods. GI rat­ing: 45

World Trade Cen­ter Mall, Air­port Road, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Wed noon to 2am, Thur and Fri noon to 3am. Tel: (02) 6668066. Taxi: World Trade Cen­ter Mall. butrin­ity.com

QUINOA TABBOULEH

Ad­ding more pro­tein to this Le­van­tine salad, Café Ba­teel’s tabbouleh with a twist is served with quinoa rather than bul­gur wheat. But all the rest of the usual sus­pects are still there in­clud­ing mint leaves, pome­gran­ate, onions, cu­cum­ber, pars­ley and toma­toes, so the taste is com­pa­ra­ble. GI rat­ing: 53

The Gal­le­ria, Abu Dhabi Global Mar­ket Square, Al Maryah Is­land, Abu Dhabi, daily 8am to 11.30pm. Tel: (02) 6712284. Taxi: Gal­le­ria Mall, Al Maryah. ba­teel.com

SALMON SORRENTO

The salmon at Ital­ian res­tau­rant Buca di Beppo comes in a le­mon but­ter sauce topped with toma­toes and ca­pers. GI rat­ing: 41

Yas Mall, Yas Is­land, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Wed 10am to 11pm, Thur to Sat 10am to mid­night. Tel: (02) 6656247. Taxi: Yas Mall, right in front of Fer­rari World. bu­cadibeppo.ae

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