Cinnamon and Spice Might Make You Nice
Especially around the holiday season, cinnamon is often used for cooking. But can it be used to control blood glucose levels? Cinnamon is low in calories, source of manganese and fiber, and can be used as anti-inflammatory, boosting brain function, and lowering cholesterol and triglycerides levels.
In a recent study, cinnamon was reported to aid in regulating blood glucose levels in normal-weight and obese adults. Consumption of about 2 tsp. of cinnamon (ground cassia cinnamon or “Chinese cinnamon” was used in the study) with a meal reduced blood glucose at 15, 30, 45 and 60 minutes after the meal was consumed. Be careful though, studies have also shown that consuming too much cinnamon may leads to liver disease.
Read “Cinnamon for glycemic control in gestational diabetes: A randomized double-blind placebo controlled pilot study” published in American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology (2005).
“Effect of Ground Cinnamon on Postprandial Blood Glucose Concentration in Normal-Weight and Obese Adults” published in Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (2012).
Glucose levels measured in saliva
Engineers at Brown University have designed a biochip has been designed that can measure glucose in saliva, not blood. The biochip uses plasmonic interferometers. Glucose in human saliva is typically about 100 times less concentrated than in the blood.
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How do Fructose and Glucose Compare?
Scientists at Yale University studied which group would be hungrier – one with a drink containing fructose or the other group with glucose. The first group was hungrier and there are a few reasons why.
Researchers are considering that fructose can make people over-eat as they feel hungrier. Scientists also believe that there is fructose induced diabetes.
The analysis was conducted through magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, scans to track blood flow in the brain in 20 young, healthy individuals. There were two sessions that were separated a few from each other.
The scans demonstrated that those individuals that had glucose did not have a need or desire for food after the consumption.
sir previous reports says that fructose induces diabetes. fructose induced diabetes is a one of animal model used in research.
According to growing evidence, the body metabolizes fructose differently from glucose. Fructose metabolism occurs independently of insulin (primarily in the liver), where it may be readily converted to fat, likely contributing to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
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