Eat Protein Before Carbohydrates to Lower Post-Meal Glucose

Eating protein, vegetables and fat before carbohydrates in a meal may help to keep glucose and insulin levels low. (Courtesy Photo)
Eating protein, vegetables and fat before carbohydrates in a meal may help to keep glucose and insulin levels low. (Courtesy Photo)
Eating protein, vegetables and fat before carbohydrates in a meal may help to keep glucose and insulin levels low. (Courtesy Photo)
(Medical News Today) – In a new study, researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, NY, found that the order in which different types of food are consumed has a significant impact on post-meal glucose and insulin levels in obese people. Writing in the journal Diabetes Care, the authors suggest their findings may have dietary implications for diabetic and other high-risk patients.

For people with type 2 diabetes, it is important to maintain normal glucose levels after eating, because if their blood sugar level spikes then they are at increased risk of complications, including hardening of the arteries and heart disease, which can eventually lead to death.

Some previous studies had found that eating vegetables or protein before carbohydrates could be an effective way to lower post-meal glucose levels. The researchers behind the new study wanted to see whether this association applied to a typical Western diet, with meals consisting of a mix of vegetables, protein carbohydrates and fat.

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