Impact of chickpea- and raw plantain-based gluten-free snacks on weight gain, serum lipid profile, and insulin resistance of rats fed with a high-fructose diet

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Two gluten-free snacks containing chickpea, plantain, and maize flours at different concentrations were prepared. The impact of chickpea or plantain flour level on weight gain, insulin resistance, and serum lipid profile of rats fed a high-fructose diet was evaluated. A dose of 0.93 g/kg was used in the experiments to simulate the snack consumption level by humans (average content of a small package, which is twice the portion recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture). Compared with a high-fructose reference diet, consumption of both snacks decreased weight gain, fasting serum glucose, and triglycerides. The effect was more pronounced for snack B, with higher chickpea content. Consumption of these snacks may also have beneficial effects against obesity and cardiometabolic complications. Chickpea flour is a promising functional ingredient for the development of antiobesity foods.


  • Pamela C. Flores-Silva
  • Juscelino Tovar
  • Rosalia Reynoso-Camacho
  • Luis A. Bello-Pérez
External organisations
  • Autonomous University of Queretaro
  • National Polytechnic Institute
Research areas and keywords

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  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Food Science
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-127
Number of pages4
JournalCereal Chemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1
Publication categoryResearch