Glycemic Index Research
After finally achieving our GMP certificate (Good Manufacturing Practice) we are focusing now on the Glycemic Index of our Kamkav Palm Blossom Sugar, with the help of the Temasek Polytechnic University in Singapore. Temasek Polytechnic set up the Glycemic Index Research Unit (GIRU), a first in Singapore and the region. This unit is well-equipped to conduct GI testing of foods and meals. Their GI Research Unit has received the accreditation for testing from the Singapore Accreditation Council (SAC).
Singapore takes a stand against diabetes
As you know or might expect, GI stands for Glycemic Index; a more and more common term in our world with the fast growing army of diabetes patients.
In his yearly National Day Rally speech, the well respected Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore addressed the fight against diabetes as one of the three main topics. Almost 12% of all Singaporeans are suffering from diabetes right now, and the number is rising. The impact is huge. But Singapore is not even among the worst affected countries.
According to the WHO, in 2015 an estimated number of 1.6 million deaths were directly caused by diabetes. The last official number of patients worldwide is from 2014: 422 million people. We might have reached the 500 million patients by now. Diabetes is an epidemic. Therefore the WHO is pushing governments to take action against the alarming growth of diabetes patients worldwide. Especially white sugar is seen as the number one enemy in this. And rightfully so, because white sugar has a high GI of 69.
What is a low and what is a high GI?
But what does it mean: GI, Glycemic Index? Glycemic Index measures the effect of your carbohydrate food on your blood sugar level. If your intake of a certain food raises your blood sugar (glucose) a little bit, then we talk about low GI food. In this case the carbohydrates in your food are far more slowly absorbed. Normally this goes for food with a GI of 55 or less. High GI food has a GI of 70 or more, where the carbohydrates are digested very quickly with as a result that your blood glucose rises dramatically. Diabetes patients especially should avoid these kind of carbohydrates.
Kamkav Blossom Sugar lower than 35?
Back to the blossom sugar. We did some self tests with friends who are diabetes patient. They noticed that the Kamkav Farm blossom sugar has a very low effect on their blood sugar levels but we still can’t give it an exact number. That’s why we called in the help of the GIRU, the GI Research Unit of the Temasek Polytechnic University. There has only been a research about the GI of another blossom sugar, the coconut sugar, but this research from 2007 is not seen as an independent research. However it can be a good indication for the Kamkav palm blossom sugar. According to this Philippine research coconut sugar should have a GI of 35. Now we are very curious about the outcome of the GIRU results. We expect it in the next two months, and we expect an even lower GI than 35 but maybe we are too optimistic. Who knows?