The NiteBite® Timed-release Glucose BarTM is a specially designed snack food that was formulated specifically for insulin users who are concerned about developing low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), particularly at night.
NiteBite was developed by nutritional scientists at Harvard Medical School. Each bar contains 100 calories, 1 Carbohydrate Exchange, and 1/2 Fat Exchange. The key ingredient is uncooked cornstarch. The NiteBite bar is soft and chewy, like cookie dough. If it were cooked, the cornstarch wouldn't be uncooked and the medical benefit would be lost. NiteBite is available in three flavors: chocolate, peanut butter, and banana.
NiteBite contains three sources of glucose that are absorbed at different times:
- Sucrose in NiteBite is readily converted to glucose, and is absorbed quickly.
- Protein in NiteBite is converted to glucose more slowly and absorbed around 2.5 to 5 hours after eating.
- Uncooked cornstarch begins to appear in the blood as glucose immediately after ingestion. However, due to its complexity, it continues to appear in the blood for 6 or more hours .
A study published in Diabetes Care showed that eating a NiteBite prior to exercise helped people lessen the incidence of high blood sugar during and after exercise with no more incidence of low blood sugar as compared with the usual snack [Bell, SJ et al. "Glycemic Control During Exercise" Diabetes Care, Vol.21:10 pp175-77, Oct. 1998].
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