The low Glycemic Index (GI) brownie recipe is formulated to provide a tasty, low GI snack which does not induce spikes in postprandial glucose levels, and is suitable for people with diabetes. Low GI food is recommended for its small fluctuations in blood glucose and insulin level. It has been shown that having a lower GI diet may confer health benefits by reducing the risk of developing diabetes, as it helps to increase the body’s sensitivity to insulin and provides a better control of fluctuations in blood glucose levels.
Glycemic Index (GI) is a ranking used to measure the effect of carbohydrate-containing foods on the impact of the body’s blood glucose level. The standard value is 100, which is an equivalent amount of pure glucose. Low GI food has a value of below 55, medium GI food has a value of 56 - 69, and high GI food has a value of 70 and above.
Dietary carbohydrate is the major determinant of postprandial glucose levels, food and nutrition interventions that help the diabetic patient in controlling their blood glucose level and reduce postprandial blood glucose excursions in order to achieve normal or near-normal levels is important and is a primary goal of diabetes management. Features of this low GI brownie formulation are:
This low GI brownie is suitable for patients with diabetes, health conscious individuals and people who like to make brownie at home. This can be a good alternative in situations where the use of added fructose as a sweetening agent in the diabetic diet is not recommended. This can be given to diabetes patient as snacks.
Diabetes is a growing problem in Singapore today. Figures from the National Health Survey 2010 reveal that 11.3%, or 1 in 9 Singapore residents (Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents) aged 18 – 69 years were affected by diabetes. Singapore’s Ministry of Health has implemented in 2016 a multi-prong strategy to educate the public on preventing diabetes through healthy living and improving disease management to prevent disease complications. The technology partner is interested in licensing this formulation.
Low GI brownie offers diabetic patients a choice of palatable snacks while not burdening their health. Dietary carbohydrate is the major determinant of postprandial glucose levels. Administering proper food and nutrition interventions helps diabetic patients control their blood glucose level and reduce postprandial blood glucose excursions in order to achieve normal or near-normal levels. This forms an important and primary goal of diabetes management.
While fructose is known to produce a lower postprandial glucose response when it replaces sucrose or starch in the diet, this benefit is tempered by concern that fructose may adversely affect plasma lipids. The use of added fructose as a sweetening agent in the diabetic diet is not recommended.