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Eat Carbs Last To Reduce After-meal Blood Sugar Spikes?

Amazing but apparently true: Eating carbohydrates AFTER some protein, fat, or possibly fiber causes much lower after-meal blood sugar spikes than eating the carbs first. Two small new studies from Cornell University in New York and the University of Pisa in Italy, respectively, showed the same thing. At Cornell, two groups of people with Type 2 diabetes ate the same meal: some bread, fruit juice, meat, and green salad. One group started with the bread and juice; the other with the meat and salad. A third group ate everything together as a sandwich. At the beginning of the meal, and every 30 minutes thereafter for three hours, subjects had their glucose and insulin levels checked. The group that started with the bread had after-meal glucose spikes about 50% higher than the group that started with protein and vegetables. Those who ate everything together as a sandwich had about a 40% higher glucose spike than those who started with the protein and vegetables. All three groups repeated the meals in different orders after a week and again a week later, said lead researcher Alpana Shukla, MD. In all groups, eating protein first led to much smaller glucose spikes, “comparable to what w Continue reading >>

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  1. giventofly

    I am only very new to the team. But if it's foolish to eat grilled chicken with fruit at Chik FilA, or chicken on whole grain at Panera, or chicken teriyaki with brown rice at another "fast food" joint, AND to check sugar after every such meal, then I must be missing something. I have been eating the above and similar for 2 mos and my recent A1C was 5.3. I realize things change and I will not always be able to do this, but I think the brush used in this post against "fast food" may be a bit broad?

  2. Cathyy

    Really, Shub, this is not the first time you have made pronouncements about how nobody at all should be eating something you prefer to avoid. Everybody gets to make their own choices. You are not "educating" anybody, you are being a jerk by presuming everybody ought to share your dietary preferences. It would be nice if you could arrange an attitude adjustment. I myself am sick of reading your attacks.

  3. Cathyy

    Indeed, Giventofly.
    The Big Breakfast at McDonald's, the one without the pancakes, is a pretty low carb, inexpensive meal in a pinch, if you don't eat the hash browns or biscuit. Almost no carbs in scrambled eggs and sausage! The Egg McMuffin is only 30 carbs, if you can safely consume that many. Or take the top muffin half off for 15 carbs.
    The point is that there is something we can eat almost anywhere, if we keep our mind open to it.

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