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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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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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Net carbs or total carbs?

Looking at the foods sitting above the trend line the chart below it appears that the foods with the greatest insulin response compared to what would be predicted by carbohydrate and protein tend to be the ones that are more processed such as ice-cream, baked beans, pancakes and Jelly Beans. On the lower side of […]

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your personalised food ranking system

A number of attempts have been made to develop food rankings. We can combine the concept of insulin load with nutrient density to help us make optimal food choices based on our goals, situation and budget. This article looks at other ways to prioritise our our food choices quantitatively to design a food ranking to suit your […]

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diet wars… which one is optimal?

This article summarises the  analysis of a range of dietary approaches to: understand whether a high-fat diet can provide optimal nutrition, and to identify common factors across a range of healthy dietary approaches. The table below shows the macro nutrient split of the approaches evaluated.  They are sorted by the total score for each of the […]

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the most nutritious diabetic friendly meals

This article outlines a system to identify nutritious diabetic-friendly meals that minimise insulin load while maximising nutrition. Choosing highly ranked meals will reduce the need to count carbs or calories. Type 1  diabetics can use this system to calculate the total insulin required to cover carbs and protein and the split between the carb and protein bolus. […]

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