Effects of Different Levels of Coconut Fiber on Blood Glucose, Serum Insulin and Minerals in Rats

Indian J Physiol Pharmacol. 2000 Jan;44(1):97-100.


The effect of neutral detergent fiber (NDF) from coconut kernel (Cocos nucifera L) in rats fed 5%, 15% and 30% level on the concentration of blood glucose, serum insulin and excretion of minerals was studied. Increase in the intake of fiber resulted in significant decrease in the level of blood glucose and serum insulin. Faecal excretion of Cu, Cr, Mn, Mg, Zn and Ca was found to increase in rats fed different levels of coconut fiber when compared to fiber free group. The result of the present investigation suggest that inclusion of coconut fiber in the diet results in significant hypoglycemic action.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Blood Glucose / metabolism*
  • Body Weight / physiology
  • Cocos / chemistry*
  • Dietary Fiber / pharmacology*
  • Feces / chemistry
  • Insulin / blood*
  • Male
  • Minerals / blood*
  • Rats
  • Rats, Sprague-Dawley


  • Blood Glucose
  • Dietary Fiber
  • Insulin
  • Minerals