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Functional Carbohydrate Isomaltulose May Help Improve Blood Sugar, Weight

A recent study suggests that following a low-glycemic diet including a functional carbohydrate may contribute to a lower glycemic profile, reduced variability in blood sugar levels, and improved fat burning in men.


Participants in the study included 20 healthy men of Chinese descent who followed either a low glycemic index diet or a high glycemic index diet. The diets had different dinners on day one, and different breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack on day two. Dinner on day two was the same for both diets. The researchers added a functional carbohydrate called Palatinose, a branded isomaltulose, to the low glycemic index meals to modulate the glycemic load. The high glycemic index group consumed sucrose instead.


The researchers examined glycemic response using continuous glucose monitoring and substrate oxidation using whole-body calorimetry.


At the conclusion of the study, the researchers noted that the low glycemic modulated meal was associated with moving substrate oxidation (the process of generating energy within cells) from food consumed from carbohydrate oxidation to fat oxidation, which promotes fat burning. They also noted a lower glycemic profile and reduce variability in blood sugar levels.


Researchers from Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine in Singapore led the study. It was published on May 9, 2017, in Nutrients.


Palatinose is a branded functional carbohydrate isomaltulose that exists in more than 40 products, including performance and sports nutrition, energy beverages, special nutrition for certain dietary restrictions, and meal replacement.

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