Here’s an interesting food additive that’s gaining popularity. Emulin, which became available as an over the counter supplement earlier this year, is supposed to help people control their blood sugar.
Sold as “GC7X”, this is not an artificial sweetener. It is a supplement that is purported to reduce glucose absorption in the bloodstream by 30%.
So why the picture of the grapefruit? Because Emulin is a patented blend of flavonoids found in grapefruits and berries.
What you need to know:
Very little research has been published to date on this supplement. In fact, only one study (on 40 people) has shown some potential benefit.
Apparently, grapefruits contain compounds that limit glucose absorption in the bloodstream. Like other fruits, they are a good source of fiber and other nutrients. Unfortunately very few of us eat enough fruit (or veggies). But most of us do consume an excess of processed foods that have little or no nutritional benefits.
Is the answer then to keep eating highly refined food products and then pop some magic pills? Should diabetics rejoice?
The GC7X company would obviously love for you to buy their pills. At $45 for a 90 day supply, they are the same price as eating half a real grapefruit per day.
Our take – no way. Just eat the real food people, not an extract focusing on a single benefit.
Experts also say that it’s a bad idea to eat sugary foods in general, even if the body is absorbing less sugar. High-sugar foods “generally don’t provide much nutrition, vitamins, minerals, protein or fiber,” said Susan Weiner, a New York City-based registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. Selecting vegetables, whole grains and fruits as carb choices will allow people with diabetes to better manage their blood sugar levels, she said. Read more from LA Times…
What to do at the supermarket:
Spend more time in the produce section. Down the road it will save you both time and money by allowing you to avoid the pharma aisles of the local drugstore…