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Effects of bees honey, zahdi date and its syrup on blood glucose and serum insulin of diabetics  [1980]

Al Khalidi, Aladdin Jawad, Faruk H. Tawfiq, Naji H.

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Postprandial blood glucose and serum insulin in 17 non-insulin-dependent and 4 insulin-dependent diabetics were measured following ingestion of bee honey, zahdi dates, zahdi date syrup, glucose, or sugar mixtures having sugar ratios identical to those found in honey or syrup. In the honey study, lowest blood glucose levels were observed after ingestion of honey, fructose-glucose-sucrose mixture, and glucose alone in that order, respectively. Similar findings were seen in the syrup study, although in insulin-dependent diabetics the lower blood glucose level in response to syrup did not significantly differ from glucose response to fructose-glucose mixture. With dates, a more gradual rise and fall in blood glucose was observed, with a much lower level resulting than after glucose ingestion. Serum insulin responses to honey, syrup and sugar mixtures were lower than to glucose alone; in the former cases serum insulin fell to fasting levels after the test period, whereas with glucose alone serum insulin continued to rise. Insulin response to dates was also significantly lower than with glucose. These foods may therefore be good carbohydrate sources for diabetics, as they do not cause large rises in blood glucose

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Nutrition Reports International (USA)

ISSN : 0029-6635