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First Posted: Feb 8, 2010
Jan 14, 2012

Effect of mixing dietary fibre (purified lignocellulose or purified pectin) and a corn meal on glucose and insulin responses in healthy horses

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"Summary: Some people have asked if feeding hay at the same time as grain, or perhaps "hiding" the grain in the hay, would prevent some of the changes in blood glucose that are detrimental to equine health. This study added two different fiber types to a meal of cracked corn to see if it would alter the digestion and absorption of starch. They did not find a difference in glucose and insulin responses despite the added fiber. ..."

"The Latest Research: Effect of mixing dietary fibre (purified lignocellulose or purified pectin) and a corn meal on glucose and insulin responses in healthy horses. Vervuert I, Klein S, Coenen M. Institute of Animal Nutrition, Nutrition Diseases and Dietetics, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany. J Anim Physiol Anim Nutr (Berl). 2008 Oct 13.

Summary The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of the addition of a purified soluble (pectin) and insoluble (lignocellulose) fibre to a starchy meal on post-prandial glucose and insulin responses in healthy horses. ... The present findings suggest that adding purified soluble or insoluble fibre to a corn meal does not affect post-prandial glucose and insulin responses in healthy horses. Feeding strategies for horses with a high energy requirement should include a starch reduction per meal, rather than the addition of purified fibre."

PMID: 19141101 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]


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