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Nutrition Bars and Healthy Fats

Gretchen Becker Health Guide September 30, 2012
  • Food technologists have come up with what they apparently consider a breakthrough in nutrition: “nutrition” bars with fish oil replacing some of the canola oil.   Unfortunately, the full text of the article is available only to subscribers, and the abstract doesn’t say what p...

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  • BoulderDiabetic
    Sep. 30, 2012

    Gretchen, 

     

    Other than the possible starches in the ingredients used to make the capsules used for fish oil supplements, I don't understand why fish oil by itself would raise blood sugars. Can you tell us more about that? 

     

    Thanks!

     

    -barry

    • Gretchen Becker
      Health Guide
      Sep. 30, 2012

      I don't understand it either, and it's controversial. Some studies show it raises BGs and others say it doesn't. In general, I think food is healthier than supplements, so I try to eat fish several times a week.

       

      Google "fish oil blood glucose." Here are a few results. The studies showing higher BGs were in the late 1990s, and since then some people have...

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      I don't understand it either, and it's controversial. Some studies show it raises BGs and others say it doesn't. In general, I think food is healthier than supplements, so I try to eat fish several times a week.

       

      Google "fish oil blood glucose." Here are a few results. The studies showing higher BGs were in the late 1990s, and since then some people have said not to worry about it. But notice in the second article (in Comments), the dietician says that increases of 20 points aren't important. Some of us would disagree:

       

      http://diabetes.diabetesjournals.org/content/38/10/1314

      http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/Blog/Amy-Campbell/fabulous_fish_oil_findings_part_3/

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fish-oil/NS_patient-fishoil/DSECTION=safety