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Does CLA really cause elevated blood sugar?

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Created January 17, 2013 at 6:12 AM

Everyone raves about how CLA is effective as a fat burner, but they also say it can raise your blood sugar. I once got some CLA suppliments and tried them for a day and a half but then because of this I chickend out and returned them. It also said on the bottle to take in conjunction with a low fat diet, which the paleo is not (understand it was probably just a guideline that it needs to be used in conjunction with diet and exercise). Is there any truth to this? Do any of you have any experience with it?

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12677 · January 17, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Yeah, I think if you have access to grass fed meat and/or dairy then you should just spend your money on that instead of a CLA supplement.

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18635 · January 17, 2013 at 3:39 PM

+1...if your eating Paleo I don't think you should "need" to supplement. Well, I guess if your dairy free and only eating supermarket lean ground beef you may not be getting much....

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12677 · January 17, 2013 at 8:10 AM

I think you have to differentiate the two common forms of CLA. There's the t10 c12 form that may increase blood sugar:

http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/25/9/1516.long

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12370214

But there's also the c9 t11 form. When this form (the predominant one in dairy and pastured meat) is included in the supplement blood sugar levels do not increase:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17313718

http://jn.nutrition.org/content/130/12/2943.short

http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/79/6/1118.abstract

http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/80/2/279.short

http://jn.nutrition.org/content/133/1/257S.full

Apparently most supplements are a 50/50 mixture of both forms of CLA, so it seems like it might be better to get your CLA from food.

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12677 · January 17, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Yeah, I think if you have access to grass fed meat and/or dairy then you should just spend your money on that instead of a CLA supplement.

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18635 · January 17, 2013 at 3:39 PM

+1...if your eating Paleo I don't think you should "need" to supplement. Well, I guess if your dairy free and only eating supermarket lean ground beef you may not be getting much....

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722 · January 17, 2013 at 3:11 PM

CLA is not very likely be an effective supplement for fat loss. It's been hyped for over a decade and it hasn't had any major success in the fitness industry.

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