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Starch vs. Glucose

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Created December 14, 2011 at 9:39 PM

Is there any significant difference between how starch and free glucose are absorbed or utilized by the body?

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Starch does not equal free glucose. Small intestine in perfect condition will liberate most of it. In reality the ratio is much smaller. Impacted small intestine will not break down much of it while free glucose gets absorbed almost 100% in everyone.

Any validity to this?

Is a scoop of dextrose powder the equivalent of a cup of rice?

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on December 15, 2011
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You're not going to want to absorb it that fast; stick to slow-digesting starch and let that which isn't absorbed feed your microflora.

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It depends on which rice. Dextrose is the standard by which blood glucose response is measured. The sticky rice used in making sushi is almost equal to dextrose. [I can personally attest to this effect, as sticky rice would spike my blood sugar within an hour when I was diabetic, and I avoided sushi until I had my blood sugar under control.] Less processed rices have lower glycemic responses, maybe 70-80% of an equal calorie dextrose dose.

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