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The most ketogenic foods

Ketosis occurs when the body’s glucose stores and insulin levels are low and the body increases its use of fat for fuel.  The insulin load of a food is related to its carbohydrate, protein and fibre content. Calculation of the percentage of insulinogenic calories enables us to prioritize of foods with a lower insulin demand which will lead […]

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Optimal foods for different goals

A number of attempts have been made to rank foods based on their nutrient density or some other measure. Useful parameters that can be used to optimal foods for different goals include: nutrient density / calorie, nutrient density / cost, nutrient density / weight, fibre / calorie, fibre / weight, calorie / weight, cost / […]

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Balancing diet and diabetes medications

High blood glucose levels (glucose toxicity) and high insulin levels (hyperinsulinemia) are both bad news for your health. The highest priority in the treatment of diabetes should be to reduce foods that require large amounts of insulin. Over reliance on medications can lead to ‘learned helplessness’, meaning that people do not use a dietary intervention […]

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superfoods for therapeutic ketosis

A therapeutic ketogenic diet has a very low insulin load from non-fibre carbohydrates and a higher amount of dietary fat to achieve higher ketone to manage chronic conditions such as cancer, epilepsy, alzheimer’s, dementia etc. The chart below shows our insulin response versus insulin load which considered fibre and protein as well as carbohydrates.  People wanting to following a ketogenic diet should […]

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Food insulin index v2

It’s generally difficult for healthy people to eat too much protein.  However the fact that protein requires some insulin to metabolise is an important consideration for people who need to inject extra to keep their blood glucose levels stable. A better understanding of the insulin response to various foods would be useful for diabetics calculating their […]

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Nutrient density index and macros

The food insulin index data demonstrates that the carbohydrate content of your food does not accurately predict insulin response. Protein requires about half as much insulin as carbohydrate. Indigestible fibre from whole foods tends to have a minimal influence on our glucose and insulin response. Dietary fat does not require a significant amount of insulin. […]

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Why we get fat and what to do about it v2

Although protein does not raise blood sugars as much as carbohydrate, it still requires insulin. Dietary fat does not raise your blood glucose and is not insulinogenic. Optimal nutrition is about maximising micronutrients while managing your glucose load so your pancreas can keep up. In addition to managing carbohydrates, moderating protein, increasing fibre and maximising nutrition, are important to […]

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