LET FOOD BE THY MEDICINE
Diabetes is a global epidemic. The number of people with diabetes has risen from 108 million in 1980 to 415 million in 2015, and is expected to increase to 642 million in 2040. Diabetes is an invisible but very real problem, as it leads to blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and lower limb amputation.
90% of diabetics are Type 2, which results from the body’s ineffective use of insulin due to insulin resistance. Our modern lifestyle of unhealthy diet comprising high refined carbohydrate and high saturated fat is the root cause of the problem.
Change is Hard.
Many people think of diabetes as a sugar problem, but that's not entirely true. High glycemic index (GI) foods such as refined white rice, bread and noodles also spike the blood glucose levels as quickly as sugar itself. For diabetics and those at risk of getting diabetes, this spells bad news as the staples we eat everyday poses a danger to our health. Despite the repeated encouragement from government agencies and healthcare professionals for people to consume more wholegrain options, many find it difficult to make the switch as they find the course texture and nuttier flavour less appealing. Refined carbohydrates are after all comfort foods.
Our foodtech solution, 5ibrePlus™, is a patent-pending food composition that lowers the GI of traditionally high GI refined carbohydrates such as Jasmine and Japanese white rice, white bread and noodles. By working closely with food manufacturers to apply our technology into their food products, we can create lower GI variants of carbohydrate food staples.
Now, everyone can enjoy their favourite refined white carbohydrates without any compromise in taste, texture and even colour of the food, while enjoying the benefits of a lower GI diet.