Product Watch

June 2009 Issue

Can Beverage “Boost” Blood Sugar Control?

The Buzz. Novartis, the maker of Boost Glucose Control, boasts its product is: "Specifically formulated to meet the unique nutritional needs of people with type 2 diabetes to help maintain stable blood glucose levels." But is it necessary?The Basics. Boost Glucose Control is the latest addition to the Boost line of meal replacements and nutrition supplements. This Boost is a liquid supplement snack designed to minimize blood sugar spikes in people with type 2 diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance or insulin resistance. It claims to delay and lower the body’s normal glucose response because of a "unique blend of carbohydrates"—tapioca dextrin, maltodextrin and fructose. It also contains the sugar substitute sucralose.The Bonus. The carbs in Boost Glucose Control are preferable to the sucrose in a sugary treat. Recent research by Novartis found that Boost Glucose Control produces a lower blood sugar response four hours after drinking it than does Glucerna Shake, its competitor from Abbott/Ross Laboratories. Indeeed, Boost’s glycemic index and glycemic load are very low. Because Boost comes in a plastic bottle, it’s an easy-to-tote snack on the go. Boost Glucose Control also contains Benefiber, a fiber supplement that adds bulk, providing three grams of fiber per serving. And it sports 26 vitamins and minerals, though not enough to negate the need for a multi.

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