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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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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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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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Blood glucose, glucagon and insulin response to protein

The food insulin index data indicates that there is both a blood sugar and an insulin response to the glucogenic component of protein. [1] A higher protein intake tends to lead to better blood sugar control, increased satiety and reduced caloric intake. Digested amino acids from protein circulate in the bloodstream until they are required for […]

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superfoods for athletes and the metabolically healthy

People who are metabolically healthy can focus on maximising nutrient density without worrying too much about their blood glucose or calorie density. These foods are ranked using nutrient density per weight which prioritises higher calorie density foods which is more appropriate for an athlete wanting to replenish energy rather than minimise calories.  If you’re just completed a 100km ride […]

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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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