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Glycemic index of 3 varieties of dates.
Saudi Med J. 2002 May; 23(5):536-8.SM

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

Dates are consumed worldwide and are a dietary staple for many Arabic people. The prevalence of type-2 diabetes mellitus is high in many developing communities, including many Arabic communities. The consumption of low glycemic index diets has been shown to have benefits for glycemic and lipid control. The purpose of this study was to determine and compare the glycemic indexes of 3 varieties of commercially available dates.

METHODS

The available carbohydrate content of the dates was determined by standard laboratory methods. Normal volunteer subjects were fed the commercially processed khalas, barhi, and bo ma'an dates. Glycemic indexes were calculated by standard methods. Results were calculated using means and standard deviations. Glycemic responses were compared by using paired t-tests. The study was performed at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, between March 2000 and August 2001.

RESULTS

The mean glycemic indexes of the dates were 35.5 for khalas, 49.7 for barhi and 30.5 for bo ma'an. There was a significant difference between the results for bo ma'an and for the other 2 varieties.

CONCLUSION

Dates can be classified as low glycemic index food items. There appears to be significant and unexplained differences in glycemic index between some date varieties. Nonetheless, the consumption of the 3 varieties of dates tested in this study may be of benefit in glycemic and lipid control of diabetic patients.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University, PO Box 17-666, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. cjmiller@uaeu.ac.aeNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

12070575

Citation

Miller, Campbell J., et al. "Glycemic Index of 3 Varieties of Dates." Saudi Medical Journal, vol. 23, no. 5, 2002, pp. 536-8.
Miller CJ, Dunn EV, Hashim IB. Glycemic index of 3 varieties of dates. Saudi Med J. 2002;23(5):536-8.
Miller, C. J., Dunn, E. V., & Hashim, I. B. (2002). Glycemic index of 3 varieties of dates. Saudi Medical Journal, 23(5), 536-8.
Miller CJ, Dunn EV, Hashim IB. Glycemic Index of 3 Varieties of Dates. Saudi Med J. 2002;23(5):536-8. PubMed PMID: 12070575.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Glycemic index of 3 varieties of dates. AU - Miller,Campbell J, AU - Dunn,Earl V, AU - Hashim,Isameldin B, PY - 2002/6/19/pubmed PY - 2002/7/24/medline PY - 2002/6/19/entrez SP - 536 EP - 8 JF - Saudi medical journal JO - Saudi Med J VL - 23 IS - 5 N2 - OBJECTIVE: Dates are consumed worldwide and are a dietary staple for many Arabic people. The prevalence of type-2 diabetes mellitus is high in many developing communities, including many Arabic communities. The consumption of low glycemic index diets has been shown to have benefits for glycemic and lipid control. The purpose of this study was to determine and compare the glycemic indexes of 3 varieties of commercially available dates. METHODS: The available carbohydrate content of the dates was determined by standard laboratory methods. Normal volunteer subjects were fed the commercially processed khalas, barhi, and bo ma'an dates. Glycemic indexes were calculated by standard methods. Results were calculated using means and standard deviations. Glycemic responses were compared by using paired t-tests. The study was performed at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, between March 2000 and August 2001. RESULTS: The mean glycemic indexes of the dates were 35.5 for khalas, 49.7 for barhi and 30.5 for bo ma'an. There was a significant difference between the results for bo ma'an and for the other 2 varieties. CONCLUSION: Dates can be classified as low glycemic index food items. There appears to be significant and unexplained differences in glycemic index between some date varieties. Nonetheless, the consumption of the 3 varieties of dates tested in this study may be of benefit in glycemic and lipid control of diabetic patients. SN - 0379-5284 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/12070575/Glycemic_index_of_3_varieties_of_dates_ L2 - https://medlineplus.gov/carbohydrates.html DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -