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Maybe not all sugar is so bad?

Posted 7 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

A potentially prebiotic sugar, extracted from buckwheat, may help control healthy blood sugar levels, Spanish researchers have revealed. The sugar called D-fagomine was associated with blunting blood sugar level spikes when ingested with sucrose or starch, without stimulating the secretion of insulin. The new research published in the British Journal of Nutrition also reveals data linking the sugar to reduced levels of pathogenic bacteria and increased Lactobacilli.

The Spanish scientists commented, "D-fagomine may be used as a dietary ingredient or functional food component to reduce the health risks associated with an excessive intake of fast-digestible carbohydrates, or an excess of potentially pathogenic bacteria." Speaking further of the prebiotic potential of D-fagomine. the researchers stated, "We observed that D-fagomine selectively agglutinated potentially deleterious Enterobacteriaceae and prevented their adhesion to pig intestinal mucosa. The adhesion of Lactobacillus spp. was promoted."

OptiBac says: Well, there you have it! Not all sugar is bad after all.

Reference: Gomez, L. et al. (2011) D-fagomine lowers postprandial blood glucose and modulates bacterial adhesion. British Journal of Nutrition. Published online ahead of print.

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