Bran fibre soy milk to fight diabetes

Whole grain bread put on kitchen wood plate with a chef holding gold knife for cut.

Like the white bread but worried about the glycemic index (GI)? Probably not, but eating some of the tasty white stuff does cause a spike in your blood sugar levels, and diets high in food that cause these spikes in blood sugar can lead to glucose intolerance, and risk of type 2 diabetes.

So what can be done about it? Well, researchers from Japan and Singapore have come up with a plan to help. They recruited 17 Asian men for an experiment and gave them white bread to eat either alone or with rice bran soy milk or sugar free soymilk. Taking the GI value of white bread alone as a reference value of 100, when eaten with rice bran soymilk it was approx. 83 and with sugar free soy milk it was approx. 76.

This means that the soy milks slowed down the speed at which the carbohydrates are digested. The researchers also said that having the soy milks with the bread stimulated the secretion of insulin which increases the effectiveness of clearing the sugar from the blood.

So, there you go, not sure if I’m ready to have a glass of soy milk with my sandwiches, but I might consider a spoonful of rice bran on my cereals next breakfast time.

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