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Research Article

Influence of salt on glycaemic response to carbohydrate loading.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1987; 294 doi: (Published 16 May 1987) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1987;294:1252
  1. R O Gans,
  2. R J Heine,
  3. A J Donker,
  4. E A van der Veen


    The effect of dietary salt on glycaemic responses to different test meals was investigated. Eight healthy male volunteers ate four test meals on consecutive mornings and in random order; the meals were 50 g carbohydrate taken as a 20% glucose solution or as boiled macaroni with and without supplementation with 6 g salt. In contrast with other reports, no significant differences in peak plasma glucose concentrations or areas under the plasma glucose curves could be established. These findings do not support a beneficial effect of salt restriction on glycaemic control in diabetes.