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Can Guar Gum help Type 2s?

Jan 1, 1994

Advisory Board: I would be very careful about this article because of the small number of patients involved. Also, many readers don't know to interpret the data, and unfortunately start buying and using these products under false hope. —Steve Edelman, MD

Guar Gum plant.

A study of 15 Type 2 diabetic patients who controlled their diabetes through diet, were given 15 grams of guar gum per day over a 48 week period. The results of the study indicate that guar gum improved long-term glycemic control, postprandial (after meals) glucose tolerance, and lipid concentrations (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, October, 1993).

Guar gum is a natural, water-soluble fiber found in fruit, vegetables, beans, grains and legumes. It is frequently used in this country as a food additive, to enhance the thickness and consistency of foods. Until recently, guar gum was restricted by the FDA as a nutritional supplement, although it is now available in powder form at some health food stores. Perhaps the best source of guar gum, however, is a diet high in natural fiber.


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