Duckweed Shown To Stabilize Blood Glucose
New research has found that a high protein aquatic plant strain of duckweed could help improve glycemic control, which is important for managing diabetes.
Led by researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), this study looked at 20 abdominally obese participants who replaced dinner with a water lentil shake or yogurt shake that had the equivalent amount of carbohydrates, protein, fats, and calories. Researchers then monitored the participants glucose levels over a two week period as well as recording diet, activity, level of satiety, and sleep.
The findings, published in Diabetes Care, the official journal of the American Diabetes Association, indicated that participants who drank a water lentil shake had a lower glucose peak levels; lower morning fasting glucose levels; and faster glucose evacuation, which are all important in the management of diabetes, as compared to those who drank the yogurt shake.
Participants who drank the water lentil shake also felt more full.
Researchers also pointed to several articles indicating that water lentils are a high protein source, source of Vitamin B12, and can boost iron and folic acid levels, even in individuals who consume low quantities of red meat.
Water lentils have been consumed for years in Eastern Asia where they are known for their complete amino acid profile, antioxidant capacity, dietary fiber, minerals, Vitamin A, and Vitamin B12, which is rarely found in plants.