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Diabetics Should Eat Foods in a Certain Order for a Lower Blood Sugar Reading

Updated on October 23, 2017
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The Order You Eat Your Food Matters

Most people don't pay much attention to the order in which they eat the food on their plate. Some people eat all their vegetables first before they eat their meat. Then there are some people who eat their meat first before eating vegetables. Some people eat their carbohydrates first before eating anything else. Then there are those who eat a little bit of everything throughout their meal.

Does it matter which order you eat the food on your plate?

Nutritionists and especially diabetic doctors agree that the order in which you eat your food does matter. If you are a diabetic, the order that you eat your food could have a major impact on your blood sugar level.

If you eat food in a certain order, your blood sugar lever could definitely become lower.

What A Study Showed

Studies have shown that diabetics who changed the order in which they eat their food had a lower blood sugar level.

A study was conducted with a group of men and women with Type 2 diabetes. All of them were taking Metformin, the drug for diabetics. All the people in the group ate the same meal on two different days, one week apart. Both meals had the same size of a skinless grilled chicken breast, steamed broccoli, a small tossed salad with low-fat dressing, garlic bread, and orange juice. The meal itself appeared to be quite healthy. So, which should be eaten first, second, or last?

On the first day of the first week, all participants ate the bread and drank the orange juice first. Then 15 minutes later, they ate the chicken, salad, and broccoli.

After the subjects had eaten the complete meal, blood samples were taken from each one to determine their glucose and insulin levels at different times. After 30, 60 and 120 minutes, blood sugar levels were recorded.

The same meal and experiment took place one week later. However, during the second serving, the order of food was reversed. When the blood samples were taken, there was a significant difference in the two weeks' findings.

Therefore, the order of eating your food does matter, especially for diabetics.

The Best Order to Eat Foods If You Are a Diabetic

Doctors and nutritionists have no problem telling diabetics what they can eat and what they cannot eat, but often they neglect to tell them the order in which they should eat their food.

Diabetics might not even think about eating their food in a specific order for a good blood sugar reading. However, once they try it for a few times, they will agree that eat the food from their plate in a certain order will give them a better reading every time.

Those who eat their carbohydrates last have a lower blood sugar levels if they eat them first.

People who each their protein and vegetables first, have a much lower blood sugar level.

The Order Food Should Be Eaten

In order for blood glucose level to be lowered, foods should be eaten in the following order:

  1. Vegetables and proteins should be eaten first.
  2. Any carbohydrates should be eaten last because they raise a person's blood sugar the most.

Eat your protein, fat, and non-starchy vegetables first before eating carbohydrates. Eat carbohydrates last.


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      Sherrie Weynand 8 months ago from San Francisco, CA

      As a diabetic, I can say I see no difference in any of my readings, regardless of what order I eat my food. I'd like to see the study you are referring to. Can you cite your study source, please?

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      Anja 10 months ago

      Vegetables also have carbohydrates in them, so how does it help to eat the Carbs last?

      It is nice to say "a study" however, without a reference to what/where/when/how, it is just a fictitious study, a figment of your imagination and therefore does not mean a thing.

      You are giving advice based on a study that needs to be scrutinized to find out if you interpreted it correctly and if it was done without bias etc.