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When blood sugar levels rise too high in a diabetic, sugar sticks to cells to be converted to a poison called sorbitol that destroys the cell to cause blindness, deafness, heart attacks, strokes, and kidney damage. Diabetics should restrict foods that cause a high rise in blood sugar, particularly those made from flour and with added sugar.

Researchers in Lund, Sweden wanted to find out how various milk products would affect the rise in blood sugar caused by eating bread. They found that regular milk and fresh cucumbers did not prevent the high rise in blood sugar that follows eating bread, but that yogurt or pickled cucumber prevented the high rise in blood sugar. They feel that acids in yogurt and pickled foods help to prevent the high rise in blood sugar that follows eating foods made from flour and sugar. If further studies confirm this one, diabetics may be able to eat bread safely if they take it with fermented milk or pickled products. Until then, diabetics should severely restrict the foods that cause a high rise in blood sugar, such as bakery products, pastas, foods with lots of sugar such a fruit juices. See report #D222.

Inconsistency between glycemic and insulinemic responses to regular and fermented milk products. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2001, Vol 74, Iss 1, pp 96-100. EM Ostman, HGML Elmstahl, IME Bjorck. Address: Ostman EM, Univ Lund, Ctr Chem & Chem Engn, Dept Appl Nutr & Food Chem, POB 124, SE-22100 Lund, SWEDEN

Checked 5/19/13

May 19th, 2013
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