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Pre-meal fiber & whey protein shot for blood glucose control

Whey ingredients – nutrition for life

Global statistics tell an alarming tale about the impact of high blood sugar levels on human health. The World Health Organization, for example, ranks high blood sugar third in the top ten of risk factors linked to 33% of deaths worldwide. Hyperglycaemia, as it’s also known, hits all income groups - high, middle and low – and is typically brought on by age, obesity and inactive lifestyles.

Hyperglycemia affects people with diabetes because they do not produce enough insulin (Type 1), or because their body does not respond as it should to insulin (Type 2).

Global food and beverages product launches targeting blood glucose control* have increased 16.8% CAGR from 2010 to 20161 . This growth has been driven by the concerning health risks of high blood glucose levels, combined with consumers’ general preference for foods over drugs, due to the numerous side-effects of medications. Ready to drink (RTD) new product launches for blood glucose control have also experienced a healthy growth with 15,7% CAGR over the same period of time. These blood glucose control RTD products are mostly focused on the total amount of fibers as well as the Glycemic Index (GI) of the carbohydrates. However, new clinical evidence suggests that whey proteins have a positive effect on blood glucose control, and this discovery has been the inspiration for our new suggested small drink for blood glucose control.

Improve blood sugar levels naturally with a pre-meal Lacprodan ® whey protein SHOT

By combining the beneficial effects of ingesting whey protein and non-digestible fibers for blood glucose control, Arla Foods Ingredients has developed a pre-meal shot application which in a very low volume serving of 100 mL, provides 15 g of Lacprodan® whey protein and more than 3 g of fibres.

The pre-meal whey shot application represents our suggestion for a nutritional strategy and natural approach to help manage blood glucose levels as part of a balanced and healthy diet, and offers the following nutrition and health benefits:

  • Induces a lower blood glucose rise after consumption2
  • High in protein (15g whey protein/100 mL)
  • High in fibre (>3g/100mL)
  • High in calcium and source of phosphorous3

In collaboration with researchers at the University of Newcastle in the UK, Arla Foods Ingredients has shown in a clinical study an improved blood glucose control with intake of 15g Lacprodan® Whey Protein in type 2 diabetes patients.  A scientific paper presenting results from this clinical study is currently in submission and will be made available after publishing.

Relevant links:

World Health Organization (WHO)
International Diabetes Foundation 

*New product launches with one or more of the following claims in the food and beverage categories excluding sports nutrition: "Low GI”, "Blood sugar control", "blood glucose level", "sugar level control“ and/or "Glycemic index".


  1. Innova Market Insights, 2017
  2. Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/854 of 30/05/2016); “Consumption of drinks containing oligo fructose enriched inulin instead of sugar induces a lower blood glucose rise after their consumption compared to sugar-containing drinks”.

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