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Metabolism. 2013 Oct;62(10):1443-7. doi: 10.1016/j.metabol.2013.05.015. Epub 2013 Jun 24.

The effect of α-cyclodextrin on postprandial lipid and glycemic responses to a fat-containing meal.

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College of Nursing, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48202, USA. Electronic address:



α-Cyclodextrin (α-CD), a soluble dietary fiber derived from corn, marketed under the trade name FBCx®, has the potential to help individuals manage their weight and improve their lipid profiles. Initial studies in healthy overweight and/or obese diabetic individuals found that, in those consuming a normal to high fat diet over a 4 or 12 week period, α-CD use was associated with weight loss or maintenance and a reduction in triglyceride (TG) and cholesterol levels in hyperlipidemic individuals. Furthermore, α-CD use was associated with the positive effects of increasing insulin and leptin sensitivities. To date, the immediate post-prandial glucose and lipid responses to a fat-containing meal have not been reported.


This double blinded placebo controlled cross-over trial examined the effect of 2 g of α-CD taken immediately following consumption of a commercially prepared high-fat breakfast meal on the acute postprandial responses in healthy adults.


The coincidental consumption of α-CD with a fat-containing meal was associated with a significant reduction in postprandial TG responses over time when compared to placebo. When incremental area under the curve was calculated, the area under the curve associated with α-CD consumption was significantly smaller than the Placebo area (0.30±1.07 mmol/L/3 h vs. 0.98±0.88 mmol/L/3 h, p<0.05). There were no significant changes in glucose or cholesterol levels.


α-Cyclodextrin was shown to significantly lower acute postprandial blood triglyceride levels.


Dietary fiber; HDL-C; HFD; LDL-C; Obesity; SD; TC; TG; Triglycerides; Weight loss; high density lipoprotein cholesterol; high fat diet; low density lipoprotein cholesterol; standard deviations; total cholesterol; triglyceride; α-CD; α-Cyclodextrin; α-cyclodextrin

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