The determination of blood glucose response to various carbohydrate foods may help athletes in their choice of preexercise feedings. This case study documented the postprandial glycemic responses of three male endurance athletes at rest after ingestion of 50-gram portions of three carbohydrate foods: graham crackers, orange juice, and oatmeal. Plasma glucose response differed in each subject for each test food. Two of the three subjects exhibited similar glycemic responses, but not to the same test food. Future studies will clarify the relationship between carbohydrate ingestion and postprandial glucose response.
M. Dunford is with the Dept. of Enology, Food Science and Nutrition at California State University, Fresno, Fresno, CA 93740-0017. C. Saunders is with the Dept. of Family and Consumer Education at Bakersfield College, Bakersfield, CA 93305.