Reducing risk through good nutrition
IN a fact sheet titled The top 10 causes of death, the World Health Organization named diabetes as a leading cause of death in the world.
According to the International Diabetes Foundation, people with diabetes are two to six times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease such as heart attack and stroke compared to those without. The onset of diabetes is usually preceded by poor dietary choices and unhealthy lifestyles.
Excessive consumption of carbohydrate-rich foods can lead to weight gain and increased risk of elevated blood glucose levels. Hence, for diabetes patients to achieve positive glycaemic response, they must reduce their intake of carbohydrate-rich foods and practise portion control.
On the other hand, adopting a high-fibre diet that comprises foods with low glycaemic index ratings and that contain oat betaglucans may have a beneficial effect on short- and long-term blood glucose control among diabetic patients, according to a 2008 study titled Beta-glucans in the treatment of diabetes and associated cardiovascular risks published in Vascular Health and Risk Management and a 2010 article titled Scientific Opinion on the substantiation of a health claim related to oat beta-glucan and lowering blood cholesterol and reduced risk of (coronary) heart disease pursuant to Article 14 of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 published in European Food Safety Authority Journal.
Excessive consumption of carbohydrate-rich foods can lead to weight gain and increased risk of elevated blood glucose levels. Hence, for diabetic patients to achieve positive glycaemic response, they must reduce their intake of carbohydrate-rich foods and practise portion control.
Biogrow Oat BG22
Slight modifications to our daily diets to include fibre such as oat bran can help regulate blood glucose levels and lower our risk of developing diabetes.
Oat beta-glucan, a soluble form of dietary fibre that is found in oat bran, can help control blood glucose levels thanks to its high viscosity, according to a 2012 study titled Oat Beta-Glucan: Its Role in Health Promotion and Prevention of Diseases published in Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety.
This increased viscosity acts as a preventative barrier, delaying the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates and thus preventing sudden spikes in blood glucose level and abnormal insulin secretion after meals.
The European Commission and Malaysia’s Health Ministry have approved oat beta-glucan and acknowledged its role in controlling high blood glucose level after meals. Below are nutrition function claims for oat beta-glucan as approved by the European Food Safety Authority and Malaysian Health Ministry.
Consuming 3g of oat betaglucan daily helps lower cholesterol.
Oat beta-glucan helps lower blood glucose, provided it is not consumed with other food.
Consumption of beta-glucan from oats contributes to reducing the rise in blood glucose level after meals.
A daily serving of Biogrow Oat BG22 oat bran powder provides 3g of clinically proven, bioactive oat beta-glucans to lower the rise of blood glucose and cholesterol levels.
Biogrow Oat BG22 is a diabetes-friendly food as it has a low glycaemic index rating (< 55), which can help stabilise blood glucose levels and let you achieve energy balance throughout the day, according to a 2012 study titled Glycemic Response to Extruded Oat Bran Cereals Processed to Vary in Molecular Weight published in Cereal Chemistry.
Therefore, it is suitable for people with prediabetes and diabetes. Biogrow Oat BG22 is low in calories, high in fibre and free of lactose, added sugar, artificial ingredients and preservatives.
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Biogrow Oat BG22 contains oat beta-glucans, which can help delay the absorption and digestion of carbohydrates and prevent sudden spikes in blood glucose level.