Category Archives: Insulin Resistance

More On Fruit Juice and Fibre

Fruit juice is increasingly being evidenced to be as detrimental to the health as soft drinks. The reason for this relates to the fact that both are concentrated sources of sugar. Sugar is detrimental to the health because it contains … Continue reading

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Advanced Glycation End Products in Foods: Insulin Sensitivity

Western food is highly processed. Often it contains high amounts of sugar, salt and fat and these make the foods incredibly palatable. During the processing of foods which can include heating and the addition of chemicals, a number of changes … Continue reading

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Beans, Peas and Lentils: Weight Loss Foods

Pulses are the non-oil seeds of leguminous plants. Pulses that are common in the diet include lentils, chickpeas, beans and dry peas. Pulses have been suggested to aid in weight control, particularly in those who have developed insulin resistance. A … Continue reading

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Vanadyl Sulphate: Effective Insulin Sensitiser

Vanadium is an essential mineral required in humans for the correct function of the insulin system. In particular, vanadium in the diet may be required to maintain the sensitivity of the cells to insulin. Controversy exists as to the amount … Continue reading

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Essential Fatty Acids Protect From Insulin Resistance

One of the main problems with the Western diet is that it lacks a source of omega-3 essential fatty acids. Studies show that fish oils provide a large range of health effects to Westerners consuming a typical Western diet and … Continue reading

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Exercise Confers Protection From Fructose

Fructose is known to cause detrimental effects to mammals when consumed in excess. In particular, consumption of high amounts of fructose causes the development of insulin resistance. The development of insulin resistance is highly damaging to health because insulin is … Continue reading

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The Glycaemic Index: Is It The Full Story?

The glycaemic index is a system of characterising the postprandial rise in blood sugar following consumption of foods, usually carbohydrates. A reference food, usually glucose or white bread, is consumed, and the rise in blood glucose levels measured. This value … Continue reading

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Whole Grains: The Latest Science

Interest in whole grains has increased in recent years largely because of empirical data showing a number of health benefits in those that consumes them. Whole grains are defined as cereal grains that retain their original plant composition, such that … Continue reading

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The High Blood Sugar High Blood Cholesterol Link

Many individuals with high levels of blood sugar go on to develop high levels of blood cholesterol. In particular, levels of the very low density lipoprotein (VLDL) and low density lipoprotein (LDL) becomes elevated in the blood. While LDL is … Continue reading

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Soft Drink: The Hypertension Ticking Time Bomb?

Evidence is accumulating in the nutritional literature to show that sugar sweetened soft drinks are detrimental to the health. In particular, soft drink provide too much refined sugar (often sucrose or high fructose corn syrup) in too short a time … Continue reading

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