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Calamansi and Diabetes

Posted on August 20, 2012 | No Comments on Calamansi and Diabetes

Calamansi is a small citrus fruit that is normally used by Filipinos as condiment to add sourness to dishes or as a juice. It has become a popular food among Filipinos not only because of its ability to improve the taste of food but more so because of its healthful benefits. Calamansi is usually added to raw fish (kinilaw) for marinating meat and fish as well as for making refreshing juices. Calamansi is especially known as great source for vitamin C which is helpful in preventing sickness and boosting a person’s immune system. It also helps as a natural kidney enhancer. However, studies show the importance of Calamansi in the food diet of diabetic patients as well as for helping a person reduce weight.

Citrus fruit like Calamansi is an acidic food like oranges and lemon, which are misconceived as fat burners. They don’t actually help in burning fats. Instead, Calamansi is a fruit with a low Glycemic Index (GI). GI is a measurement of the rate the carbohydrates in a food can make one’s blood sugar levels rise. Food with hi GI raises blood sugar levels fast which in turn activates the release the insulin hormone from the pancreas to reduce or balance the blood sugar levels that translates to hunger. Food with low GI helps retard the digestion of carbohydrates which gradually increase blood sugar levels as well as the secretion of insulin thereby making a person less hungry at your next meal. Food with low GI actually decelerates the conversion of carbohydrates into glucose that reduces the rise of the blood sugar level and depresses hunger.

In lieu of which, food with low GI such as calamansi is beneficial to diabetic patients in two ways. First off, it does not lead to a rapid increase of blood sugar level, which would trigger the need for insulin. This makes calamansi a safe food for maintaining blood sugar levels. Secondly, because the breaking down of carbohydrates takes time in foods with low GI, the more regulated increase in blood sugar and the more regulated secretion of insulin means that there would be less hunger at your next meal. In which case, Calamansi and other low GI food help in regulating the appetite of diabetic patients so that they will not be as hungry for their next meal. Incidentally, the effect of calamansi in depressing appetite also made it a popular fruit for people aiming to reduce their weights. Overall, having calamansi and other similar low GI food decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

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