Clinical Studies

Independent clinical studies have found that adding sugar beet fiber to your diet can have a positive effect on cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels, as well as your gastrointestinal health.  The following are summaries of the study findings.  Please contact us if you would like to receive a full copy of any one of these studies.

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Table of Contents
Dietary Fibre Enrichment, Blood Pressure, Lipoprotein and Gut Hormones in Niddm Patients.
Inhibition of Starch Absorption by Dietary Fibre: A Comparative Study of Wheat Bran, Sugar-Beet Fibre, and Pea Fibre
Metabolic response to beet fibre test meals
Reduced glycemic response to beet-fibre meal in non-insulin-dependent diabetics
Serum cholesterol reduced with Fibrex®, a sugar-beet fiber preparation
The Effects of Sugar-Beet Fibre Supplementation for Five Weeks on the Status of Zinc, Iron and Copper in Human Subjects

 

Dietary Fibre Enrichment, Blood Pressure, Lipoprotein and Gut Hormones in Niddm Patients.

Authors

Hagender, B., N-G.ASP, Ekman, R., Nilsson-Ehle, P. and Schersten, B., Dietary Fibre Enrichment, Blood Pressure, Lipoprotein and Gut Hormones in Niddm Patients. (1989) European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Sweden. 43, 35-44.

Summary

The influence of a beet-fibre enriched diet (mean 40g Fibrex, 27 g dietary fibre per day) on blood pressure, plasma lipoproteins and glycemic control wasstudied in 12 non-insulin diabetic (NIDD) patients. The effect on gastrointestinal hormones was also investigated. Beet-fibre and control diets were given in randomized order for 8 weeks.


Effect on lipid metabolism of beet fibre in desert Nomads with low habitual fibre intake

Authors

Cossack, A. and Muisaiger, A, Effect on lipid metabolism of beet fibre in desert Nomads with low habitual fibre intake, (1991). School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, Macdonald College of McGill University and Nutrition Unit. Ministry of Health, Public Health Directorate, Manama, Bahrain.

Summary

The present study was conducted to test the efficacy of fibre supplementation for hypercholesterolarmia in subjects from the desert Nomads.


Inhibition of Starch Absorption by Dietary Fibre

Authors

O. Hamberg, J. J. Rumessen & E. Gudmand-Hoyer, Department of Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine F. Gentofte University Hospital, Hellerup, Denmark. Inhibition of Starch Absorption by Dietary Fibre: A Comparative Study of Wheat Bran, Sugar-Beet Fibre, and Pea Fibre.

Summary

Dietary fibres used in this study impaired the absorption of wheat starch and thereby increased the amount of starch-derived carbohydrate available for colonic fermentations.


Metabolic response to beet fibre test meals

Authors

B. Hagander, ( J. Holm †N.-G. Asp, † S. Efendic‡, I. Lundquist, § P. Nilsson-Ehle** and B. Scherstén, Departments of *Community Health Sciences, † Food Chemistry, Chemical Centre, ** Clinical Chemistry, University of Lund, Dalby and Lund, the ‡ Department of Endocrinology, Karolinsk Hospital, Stockholm and the § Department of Cell Biology, University of Linkoping, Sweden

Summary

Suspension of beet fibre bread given to rats by oro-gastric intubation induced lower blood glucose response than a control bread at 15 and 30 min (P<0.001), respectively, but a similar insulin response. The results suggest as a lower insulin response in the healthy volunteers and a reduced glucose response in the rat.


Reduced glycemic response to beet-fibre meal in non-insulin-dependent diabetics and its relation to plasma levels of pancreatic and gastrointestinal hormones

Authors

B. Hagander,1 N.-G. Asp,2 S. Efendic,3 P. Nilsson-Ehle, 4 I. Lundquist, 5 and B. Scherstén1 1Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Lund. Dalby. 2Department of Food Chemistry, Chemical Centre, University of Lund. Lund. 3Department of Endocrinology, Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm and the Departments of Clinical Chemistry and 5Pharmacology, University of Lund. Lund, Sweden.

Summary

The results suggest that the diminished glycemic response after the beet-fibre meal is associated with an increased response of somatostatin, giving a reduced glucose absorption and a delayed gastrointestinal transit time.


 

Serum cholesterol reduced with Fibrex®, a sugar-beet fiber preparation

Authors

Isroelsson B.*, Jornblod G.*, Persson K.** *Department of Medicine, University of Lund, Molmo General Hospital 5-214 01 Molmo, Sweden ** Swedish Sugar Co., Research Laboratories, 5-232 00 Arlov, Sweden

Summary

The serum lipoprotein-lowering potential of a sugar-beet fibre preparation (Fibrex®) was investigated in a placebo controlled, double blind cross-over study in 30 women 55-56 years old. As the very few side effects were mild, Fibrex should be a useful dietary supplement in cases of mild to moderate hypercholesterolaemia where drugs are not considered.


The Effects of Sugar-Beet Fibre Supplementation for Five Weeks on the Status of Zinc, Iron and Copper in Human Subjects

Authors

Z.T. Cossack(1), A. /Rojhani(1) and A.O. Musaiger(2)
(1) McGill University, Macdonald College, School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, Canada and (2) Ministry of Health, Public Health Directorate, Nutrition Unit, Bahrain.

Summary

Results showed that fibre supplementation for five weeks did not cause any significant change in the status of zinc (measured by concentration of zinc in plasma and urine and alkaline phosphatase activity), iron (measured by PCV%, Hg, transferring saturation % and ferritin), or copper (measured by plasm copper concentration and erythrocyte superoxide dismutase activity). We conclude that consumption of sugar-beet fibre added to the daily diet does not constitute any risk with respect to zinc, iron and copper nutriture.