Diabetics Should Eat Foods in a Certain Order for a Lower Blood Sugar Reading
Most people don't pay much attention to the order in which they eat the food on their plate. Some people eat all their vegetables before eating their meat. Others eat their meat before eating their vegetables. Some choose to eat their carbohydrates before eating anything else. And then there are those who eat a little bit of everything throughout the meal.
Does It Matter Which Order You Eat the Food on Your Plate?
Nutritionists and especially diabetic doctors agree that the order in which you eat your food does matter. If you are a diabetic, the order that you eat your food could have a major impact on your blood sugar level.
If you eat food in a certain order, your blood sugar level could be lower.
Eating Food in Order Can Lower Your Blood Sugar Level
Studies have shown that diabetics who changed the order in which they ate their food had lower blood sugar levels.
A study was conducted with a group of men and women who suffer from Type 2 diabetes. All of them were taking Metformin, a drug for diabetics. All of the people in the study ate the same meal on two different days, and one week apart. Both meals consisted of the same portions, and included:
- 1 skinless grilled chicken breast
- Steamed broccoli
- 1 small, tossed salad with low-fat dressing
- Garlic bread
- Orange juice
On the first day of the first week, all of the participants ate the bread and drank the orange juice first. Then, 15 minutes later, they ate the chicken, salad, and broccoli.
After the subjects had eaten the complete meal, blood samples were taken from each one to determine their glucose and insulin levels at different times. After 30, 60 and 120 minutes, blood sugar levels were recorded.
The same experiment took place one week later. During the second serving, the order in which the participants ate the food was reversed. When the blood samples were taken, there was a significant difference in the two weeks' findings.
The study showed that eating proteins and vegetables first can cause one to have a lower blood sugar level than if they eat these foods last.
These experiments prove that the order in which one eats their food does matter, especially for diabetics.
The Best Order to Eat Your Food
In order for your blood glucose level to be lowered, you should eat your food in the following order:
- Vegetables and proteins
Eating the food on your plate in this order will keep your blood sugar level lower than if you eat your food in the reverse order, or together.
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