Effects of Dietary Fiber on Carbohydrate Metabolism

  • Ruth McPherson Kay
Part of the Nutrition and Food Science book series (NFS, volume 3)


Dietary fiber influences carbohydrate metabolism through a number of direct and indirect mechanisms. The chemical diversity of plant fiber and the paucity of good clinical data preclude a precise estimate of the significance of fiber in the treatment of disordered glucose metabolism. Recent studies, which are discussed below, do suggest that under certain conditions, dietary fiber has an important modulating effect on the glucose absorption rate and attendant hormonal responses.


Wheat Bran Gastric Inhibitory Polypeptide Bulking Agent Cereal Fiber Postprandial Glycemia 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ruth McPherson Kay
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  1. 1.Dept. of Nutrition and Food Sc.Univ. of TorontoTorontoCanada

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