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Plant Foods Hum Nutr. 2003 Winter;58(1):7-13.

Blackgram fiber (Phaseolus mungo): mechanism of hypoglycemic action.

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Department of Biochemistry, University of Kerala, Kariavattom Thiruvananthapuram - 695 581, India.


The effect of the administration of blackgram fiber (Phaseolus mungo) on the metabolism of carbohydrates was studied in rats fed 30% NDF (neutral detergent fiber) diet. The experimental group showed a significant increase in liver glycogen level and a significant decrease in blood glucose. Significant increases in the activities of glycogen phosphorylase, hexokinase, fructose-1, 6-diphosphatase, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase and isocitrate dehydrogenase were observed in the experimental group. The activities of phosphoglucomutase and glucose-6-phosphatase were significantly lower in rats fed the fiber diet. The study showed that blackgram fiber exhibits significant hypoglycemic action in experimental animals.

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