ANTHONY R. LEEDS, M.D.; DAVID J. A. JENKINS, M.D.; MIGUEL A. GASSULL, M.D.; BERNARD COCHET, M.D.; LAWRENCE M. BLENDIS, M.D.
To the editor: We compliment Dr. Douglass on his refreshing approach to the dietary control of two diabetic patients who wished to reduce their insulin therapy (1). While accepting that the effect of the raw food diet in reducing insulin requirements may be due, at least partly, to trapping of otherwise absorbable carbohydrate within intact cellulose cell walls (2), we think that other factors may be important. For example, we have shown that unabsorbable carbohydrate reduces post prandial rises of blood sugar (3).
The addition of Guar gum (a storage polysaccharide obtained from the cluster bean, Cyamopsis tetragonoloba) to the
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LEEDS AR, JENKINS DJA, GASSULL MA, COCHET B, BLENDIS LM. Unabsorbable Carbohydrates and Insulin Need. Ann Intern Med. 1975;83:740. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-83-5-740_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1975;83(5):740.
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