Eating Protein and Vegetables Before Carbs Promotes Blood Sugar Regulation

Eating vegetables and protein before carbohydrates resulted in lower post-meal blood sugar levels in overweight people with type 2 diabetes— according to a study led by Louis Aronne from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. Preventing spikes in blood sugar in diabetics is important for preventing blood vessel disease that can lead to heart attack. It is also important in athletes. Maintaining stable blood sugar helps prevent major shifts in energy levels and reduces fat deposition. A simple way of preventing blood glucose spikes is to consume your protein shake at the beginning of a meal. This will turn on biochemical pathways that promote muscle protein synthesis and prevent rapid increases in blood sugar. (Diabetes Care, 38: e98-e99, 2015)

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