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is sugar really toxic?

You may have noticed a lot of people quitting sugar [1] or saying sugar is toxic. [2] But what does the food insulin index data have to say about sugar?  Is it any different to other forms of carbohydrate? The chart below of sugar content versus insulin demand indicates that sugar plays some role in insulin, however […]

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baked creamed spinach

This baked creamed spinach recipe is from Carrie Brown’s Maramalade and Mileposts blog. I sort of feel like I know Carrie after listening her host the SANE Shown with Johnathan Bailor. Even though I’ve analysed nearly 200 meals, anything with spinach in it seems to keep coming to the top. This one involves spinach, coconut […]

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is the insulin response to protein dose dependent?

The observation that protein requires insulin initially appears to conflict with a number of studies and anecdotal evidence that suggest protein does not have a significant effect on blood sugar. [1] [2] [3] I think there are two issues to consider. Firstly, a healthy non-diabetic will be able to deal with the blood glucose rise caused by gluconeogenesis […]

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how long does it take to digest protein?

One of the limitations of the food insulin index data is that the tests were undertaken over a period of three hours, while protein takes a lot longer to fully digest. As shown in the chart below (from Andreas Einfeldt / Diet Doctor) simple carbohydrates cause blood sugar to rise and fall quickly, however slower digesting protein causes a […]

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putting it all together… protein and net carbs

So far we’ve learned that carbohydrate alone isn’t a fantastic predictor of insulin requirement. The observation that protein requires about half as much insulin as carbohydrate improves our estimation of insulin demand. Then understanding that fibre neutralises the insulin effect of carbohydrates also helps us predict the amount the amount of insulin required by a particular food. […]

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how do you like your veggies… cooked or raw?

So what effect does cooking have on veggies?  Is raw better than cooked when it comes to fibre and insulin demand? To help us understand the effect of cooking the table below shows a comparison of the fibre in a selection of one hundred grams of cooked and raw vegetables. food raw cooked carbs fibre […]

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how much insulin is required to cover protein?

Given that protein appears to contribute to insulin demand I ran a number of scenarios with the food insulin index data to see if insulin requirement is better predicted by carbohydrate in a food plus some proportion of the protein. The analysis indicates that insulin demand is related to carbohydrate about 60% of the protein. There’s […]

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superfoods for diabetes & nutritional ketosis

These foods will help you to maintain excellent blood glucose levels by reducing the insulin load of your diet while at the same time maximising nutrient density to minimise cravings and allow you to get the nutrients you need with less food. More than carbohydrates or the glycemic index, the food insulin index data suggests that our blood […]

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Atkins versus the vegans

Dr Fung also noted that the Atkins approach often doesn’t work over the long term because things other than carbohydrates require insulin. The food insulin index data demonstrates that a number of high protein foods such as steak, cheddar cheese, white fish and tuna cause a significant insulin response even though they contain minimal carbohydrate. […]

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carbohydrates, protein, type 1s and canaries

Quantification of insulin demand is of particular interest for type 1 diabetics who have to inject insulin to manage their blood sugars. Before diagnosis, a type 1 diabetic whose pancreas is failing will have extremely high blood glucose levels and lose weight fast because they can’t access the sugar that they’re eating without insulin. Without insulin the […]

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