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insulin load… the greatest thing since carb counting?

In previous articles I have outlined the idea of the insulin load[1] [2]  which is similar to carbohydrate counting, but also accounts for the effect of protein, fibre ad fructose. insulin load = total carbohydrates – fibre + 0.56 x protein show me the data! Most people understand that dietary carbohydrate is the primary nutrient that influences […]

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the Goldilocks glucose zone

The body requires somewhere between 160 and 600 calories per day from glucose. This glucose can be sourced both from ingested carbohydrates as well as the glucogenic portion of protein not used for growth and repair. Rather than raising blood glucose immediately, amino acids from protein circulate in the blood until they are required. Excessive […]

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proportion of insulinogenic calories

Someone looking to “go low carb” will typically try to make a decision on whether a food meets their goals simply based on the number of carbohydrates per serving or per 100g shown on the label. This approach has limited benefit though, as the food may or may not contain a lot of water which […]

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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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