Agar is being investigated to measure its beneficial effects on glucose intolerance in type 2 diabetes mellitus. Research shows that a diet supplemented with Agar can have beneficial effects on both blood sugar and glucose intolerance. However, additional work is required to evaluate how significant the effects are over consuming a low-calorie diet alone.
Scientists believe the body works as follows: when soluble fibre is eaten with foods higher in sugar, the fibre can bind the sugar and slow its absorption into the bloodstream. Agar is very rich in soluble fibre that binds the sugar, thereby contributing to lowering the overall glycemic index of a meal, which in turn helps regulate blood sugar levels, preventing spikes immediately after meals and stopping the body from storing excess fat.
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