Effect of Algerian Varieties Dates on Glycemic, Arterial Blood Pressure and Satiety Responses

Gourchala Freha, Mihoub Fatma, Derradj Meriem, Henchiri Cherifa


The purpose of our study is to determine the Glycemic Indexes (GIs)of three Algerians varieties of dates in healthy subjects, evaluate the satiety and effect on arterial pressure after their consumption. We have first documented the chemical composition of the dates. 10 healthy subjects consumed the dates (carbohydrates content of 50 g) in order to determine the GIs. The responses of glycaemia were monitored during two hours after the dates taking and compared to the reference glucose. In a randomized trial, 20 healthy adults consumed the dates after 12h of fast. We reported the level of satiety on a Visual Analog Scale for 2h further to the ingestion of the dates. Furthermore, 28 normotensive and 45 hypertensive individuals ingested the three varieties in randomized order during 21 days to assess their impact on the Pressure Arterial Systolic (PAS) and Pressure Arterial Diastolic (PAD). We noted significant differences (p<0.05) for the different fractions of sugars, soluble fibers, polyphenols, K+, Mg2+. The low GIs are denoted among 44.31-52.35, deducting a moderate impact on blood glucose level. The dates reduced hunger and increased satiety. Our varieties studied following their ingestion induced a significant hypotensive activity (p<0.05)on the PAS and, PAD from hypertensive subjects.

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