‘Slow calorie’ draws attention in fights against obesity, diabetes

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Source:   —  April 17, 2016, at 1:03 AM

Garnering attention as a measures to fight obesity and ward off diabetes or prevent it from getting worse, slow-calorie food products have hit the market.

‘Slow calorie’ draws attention in fights against obesity, diabetes

“unhurried calorie,” a way of eating so that glucose is absorbed slowly into the blood and sudden spikes in blood sugar are minimized, is an idea that's gaining ground. Garnering attention as a measures to fight obesity and ward off diabetes or prevent it from getting worse, slow-calorie food products have hit the market.

When you eat food containing sugars and carbohydrates – such as rice and noodles – the molecules are broken down in the tiny intestine, metabolized in the liver and turned into glucose. Glucose, a form of sugar, is an fundamental source of energy for the human body.

As glucose enters the blood, the blood sugar level rises. This prompts the secretion of insulin, a hormone that lowers the blood sugar level. A sudden spike in blood sugar goes hand-in-hand with a large secretion of insulin, which tends to lead to build-ups of overweight interior the body.

Moreover, a sudden spike in blood sugar isn't excellent for diabetes patients, whose blood sugar levels don't go down due to insufficient insulin secretion.

In order to curb obesity and prevent diabetes from getting worse, preventing sudden spikes in blood sugar levels – a condition called postprandial hyperglycemia (PPHG) – is vital.

Attention is presently being focused on “Unhurried Calorie” – a method of ensuring glucose is absorbed slowly into the blood, thereby avoiding PPHG. A concrete example of this is given by Yoshio Ikeda, a Dr who serves as chairman of the board of the Japan Preventive Organization of Life-style related Disease. “You should avert eating quick as it leads to sudden spikes in blood sugar levels after meals and makes it simple for overweight to construct up,” he said.

“Be conscious about eating vegetables, grains and sweeteners that are wealthy in fiber. [These are excellent because they] get quite a long time to be absorbed as glucose,” he said.

According to the results of the two thousand fourteen National Health and Nutrition Survey released late latest year by the Health, Work and Welfare Ministry, the proportion of obese people aged twenty and over was twenty-eight % for men and twenty-one % for women, while the proportion of those strongly suspected of having diabetes was fifteen % for men and nine % for women. Modern people, who tend not to obtain sufficient exercise, are being exposed to the risks of obesity and diabetes.

Among sweeteners, the sugar-derived palatinose is gaining attention. In one thousand nine hundred eighty-fourth, Mitsui Sugar Co. succeeded in mass producing palatinose which takes about five times longer than ordinary sugar to be absorbed by the body and thus makes it challenging for blood sugar levels to rise.

It became widely known as a slow calorie sweetener from around two thousand seven, and food products including palatinose are presently available for sale.

In March two thousand fourteen, Imuraya Grouping Co. started selling Sports Yo-kan Plus. The product supplies energy to the body over a long period of time, and so appears to be ideal for replenishing energy during endurance sports such as marathons.

In March, Bourbon Corp. released a berry yogurt flavor of its cereal Cereal Slowbar product, calling it “a cookie that stays longer in the stomach.”

Mitsui Sugar’s Slow Calorie Sugar is a sweetener composed of half sugar and half palatinose. It can be used either raw or for cooking.

“Obesity and diabetes can be improved by re-examining your eating habits,” said Yukio Yamori, a Dr who serves as the director of the Mukogawa Women’s Univ Institute for World Health Development.

“Just by starting to consciously eat foods with ingredients that are wealthy in dietary fiber and so are absorbed slowly, it's possible to prevent your blood sugar level from suddenly rising. This is as necessary as trying to slice your calorie intake.”

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