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From Decorah, Iowa, USA

Our pharmacist is now handling a product called "NiteBite", containing uncooked cornstarch. The literature claims the cornstarch metabolizes very slowly, thus preventing nighttime hypoglycemia. Do you have any information on this product? Also on the use of cornstarch in any other dietary methods?

Answer:

The NiteBite Snack Bar was developed by nutritional scientists at Harvard Medical School with the express purpose of providing a long lasting supply of glucose for diabetics in an effort to reduce the risk of night time hypoglycemia. A study conducted at a summer camp for kids with diabetes showed that uncooked cornstarch, the active ingredient in the NiteBite, was effective in reducing night time hypoglycemia.

My nine year old daughter (Type 1 since 24 months old) has a NiteBite every night as part of her evening snack. Since she started using the product, the frequency of middle-of-the-night hypoglycemia has been reduced considerably without an increase in hyperglycemia.

Another product, the Zbar Snack Bar, also contains uncooked cornstarch. Both products are priced about the same, around US$1 per unit. The products should work equally well. Select one based on which tastes best to you.

JSH

Original posting 2 Mar 97

  
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