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    Glycemic and Insulinemic Responses to the Moderate-Carbohydrate Energy Bar With Americans facing an ever-growing obesity epidemic, diets of all sorts have arisen to try and reduce the problem. One of which is the Atkins Diet, which reduces the carb intake in one's diet or substitutes other macronutrients to reduce high levels of insulin that slow down one's metabolism. With all the hype of low-carb diets, low-carb snacks and other foods have swept the grocery store shelves. In an attempt to measure

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    Energy Bars and Resulting Glycemic Levels The Atkins’ diet has been sweeping the nation as more and more Americans struggle to lose weight. Opposed to other diets which require less fatty foods and more fruits and vegetables, Atkins’ takes a different approach. The Atkins’ diet suggests that removal of carbohydrates alone will lead to a thinner and healthier body. Atkins’ encourages intake of low-carb and high protein foods such as meat, and discourages consumption of foods high in carbohydrates

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    Glycemic index is the measure of how quickly blood glucose rise after eating a particular kind of food. This is used by estimating the how much each gram of carbohydrate consumed raises a person’s glucose level. During intense exercise, the body uses glucose as energy source before it starts relying of fats. “Prolonged exercise can only be continued when there is an adequate amount of carbohydrate available to fuel muscle and the brain”(William,2004). This shows that the amount of carbohydrate/glucose

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    Comparing Glycemic Responses to Low-Carbohydrate and High-Carbohydrate Energy Bars The Atkins Advantage Bar and the Power Bar are two energy bars containing differing amounts of carbohydrate. Both bars were studied in order to compare their effects on glycemia in the body. Steven R. Hertzler and Yeonsoo Kim investigated these bars in comparison with two controls, chicken breast and white bread, because these two foods also have divergent carbohydrate contents. To perform their study, the researchers

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    especially if the diet is consumed high in fat and carbohydrate such as sugars and starches. These diets high in carbohydrates have an effect on the glycemic index of an individual. The glycemic index ranks the carbohydrate sources based on their rate of glycemic response, the conversion of glucose within the human body). The higher the number of glycemic index of a food the more rapidly it will cause a rise in blood sugar level of an individual. The high blood sugar level can further lead to other

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    requirements. In the article “Glycemic and Insulinemic responses to energy bars of differing macronutrient composition in healthy adults,” by Steven Hetzler and Veonsoo Kim, a study was conducted that compared the different energy bars. The study looked at equal proportions of these bars to see their effects on glycemic and insulinemic levels. This paper will be focusing on the differences between the Atkins and Balance Energy Bars and the effect they have on glycemic and insulin. The Atkins

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    Causes of Childhood Obesity

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    snacks, weight gain will occur dramatically over time. An over consumption of 50-100 calories can lead to a gain of 5-10 pounds a year (Oklahoma Cooperative, 1). Many parents mistakenly encourage carbohydrates with a high-glycemic value as substitutes for fat and protein. High-glycemic carbohydrates prevent fat breakdown and drive fat into fat deposits, causing fat to accumulate, which occurring in high levels is obesity. The era of home cooking has all but disappeared from our society, with meals being

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    consumption of high–glycemic index meals results in higher average 12-hour blood glucose and insulin levels, higher glycosylated hemoglobin concentrations and 24-hour higher C-peptide excretion in nondiabetic and diabetic individuals compared with isoenergetic and nutrient-controlled low–glycemic index meals (Jenkins et al., 1987; Miller JC 1994). Another concept similar to GI was glycemic load (GL) which was introduced by Harvard researchers in order to quantify the overall glycemic effect of a portion

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    and the South Beach Diet. Accompanying these names are words such as glucose and fructose with many people know are different forms of sugar. But what do some of these other common words and phrases mean? What are insulinemia, glycemia, and a glycemic index? They are frequently used, but what do they mean? First of all, the goal of the low carb bars and snacks is to reduce the postprandial (after a meal) insulin levels. Insulin levels are important for health reasons, particularly diabetes

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    The Sugarbusters Diet

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    breads (Steward, 1995). The discerning factor between which foods can be eaten and which can not depends on the particular glycemic index of the food. Glycemic Index The glycemic index is the classification of food based on their blood glucose response relative to a starchy food, usually white bread. "A glycemic index is calculated as the weighted mean of the glycemic index value of the individual carbohydrate food, with the weighting based on the the proportion of the total carbohydrate contributed

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