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BMC Nutrition

, 1:4

Clinical nutrition


BackgroundPopulation-based studies have shown an association between health, food composition, and diets; therefore, data on the composition of traditional foods for meal planning, nutritional assessment, and clinical nutrition research to build up a relevant database are needed.

MethodsThe objective of this study was to assess the effect of the nutritional composition of five commonly consumed traditional Emirati foods, Threed chicken, Marqoqa, Gurus, Assidah, and Saqo, on the glycemic index GI and glycemic load GL values. Fifteen healthy subjects aged between 18 and 25 years old participated in this study.

ResultsThe proximate analysis showed high amounts of protein in Gurus and Threed chicken and high-fiber content in Gurus. The carbohydrate percentages for the foods tested were as follows 54.4% in Gurus, 23.4% in Saqo, 21.1% in Assidah, 13.3% in Marqoqa, and 12.3% in Threed chicken. The corresponding GI values were high: 71.7, 99.4, 99.2, 84.6, and 71.9, respectively. The GL values of the foods tested were also considered high, varying from 35.85 to 49.7. The incremental increase in blood glucose was monitored and calculated for each food and when compared with the standard food glucose showed significant differences P < 0.001 for all foods except Saqo and Assidah at 30 min, with similar responses at 45 min. At 120 min, no significant differences in blood glucose levels were observed P > 0.05. The types of carbohydrate, different ingredients of foods, and cooking method used all contributed to the GI value.

ConclusionsThe GI value of traditional foods can be modified through altering the ingredients, cooking method, or the portion size served. This data will help to inform decisions on the diet and health of consumers in the UAE.

KeywordsGlycemic index Glycemic load Traditional foods Emirati foods University students United Arab Emirates UAE AbbreviationsBMIBody mass index

CVDCardiovascular disease

DMDiabetes mellitus

FMFat mass

FFMFat-free mass

GIGlycemic index

GIPGastric inhibitory peptide

GLGlycemic load

IAUCIncremental area under the blood glucose response curve

IDFInternational Diabetes Federation

NVPNovel viscous polysaccharide

UAEUnited Arab Emirates

UAEUUnited Arab Emirates University

WCWaist circumference

WHOWorld Health Organization.

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Author: Ayesha S Al Dhaheri - Asila K Al Ma’awali - Louis C Laleye - Sidiga A Washi - Amjad H Jarrar - Fatima T Al Meqbaali


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