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Can Eating Food In A Certain Order Help Treat Diabetes?

Posted in: General Health 03 Aug, 2015

For me, food eating order means choosing which colour Smartie I will have next, but the technical 'Food Eating Order' is about eating foods in a certain pattern to protect and boost your health. Eating the red Smartie before the orange one doesn't count, more's the pity.

Oh well, so what's the craic then?

Food Combining Principles

The idea behind food combining/food ordering is an old one which started out in a lab in the 1930s. Its basic premise is that we digest different foods in different ways and times; therefore we are better off eating to suit these patterns. Here's a few examples:

  • Eat 80% alkaline foods and 20% acid foods together - so that's loads of veggies and smaller amounts of pulses and whole grains with no meat, fish, or cheese.

  • Eat fruit on its own as a quick energy boost because it ferments quickly and may inhibit digestion of carbohydrates.

  • Eat animal protein on its own or with vegetables. Concentrated protein like meat, fish, hard cheese and eggs require large amounts of stomach acid.

Wasn't That A Fad Diet Back In The Day?

Yes it was, but some people still swear by it. Others reckon it's because the food combiners are simply eating better, healthier food. Nowhere does this diet suggest you combine pizza with wine or KitKats with energy drinks. Suggested food combinations are usually healthy and low fat in the first place, so it's inevitable you'll lose weight.

How Does Food Combining Help Diabetes?

Ah. Now you're talking. Some new research into food combining has shown that eating protein and veggies before carbohydrates is linked to lower blood sugar and insulin levels after the meal. Healthy protein sources are lean meat, fish and eggs. Healthy carbs are potatoes, corn and bananas in case you want to try.

Getting into specifics, participants of a study ate carbs last of all and their blood sugar levels were around 29% lower after half an hour, and then 37% lower after an hour. After two hours they were 17% lower. The same went for insulin levels.

How Does This Help?

It means diabetics can potentially manage their blood sugar level without restricting their diet so much. For those who have trouble stabilising their blood sugar, this study explores another method of managing diabetes that may decrease the amount of insulin they need to take.

Good For Us Overall?

Anything that helps diabetes is a good thing, as is any awareness of our bodies and our diets. Food combining isn't necessarily going to make you a fitness god, but it may help you pay attention to what you are eating.

We all need help with our eating habits, let's be honest. If eating protein first followed by carbohydrate brings down blood sugar levels, and gets us to eat more fruit and veg then perhaps we should all be following suit. It may stop us snacking, overeating and or even getting type 2 diabetes in the first place.

Maybe it's time to give food-combining another look?

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