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

Updated on May 11, 2018
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Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She researches and shares remedies for using certain products for illnesses.

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 before eating their meat. Others eat their meat before eating their vegetables. Some choose to eat their carbohydrates before eating anything else. And then there are those who eat a little bit of everything throughout the 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 level could be lower.

Eating Food in Order Can Lower Your Blood Sugar Level

Studies have shown that diabetics who changed the order in which they ate their food had lower blood sugar levels.

A study was conducted with a group of men and women who suffer from Type 2 diabetes. All of them were taking Metformin, a drug for diabetics. All of the people in the study ate the same meal on two different days, and one week apart. Both meals consisted of the same portions, and included:

  • 1 skinless grilled chicken breast
  • Steamed broccoli
  • 1 small, tossed salad with low-fat dressing
  • Garlic bread
  • Orange juice

First Experiment

On the first day of the first week, all of the 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.

Second Experiment

The same experiment took place one week later. During the second serving, the order in which the participants ate the food was reversed. When the blood samples were taken, there was a significant difference in the two weeks' findings.

The study showed that eating proteins and vegetables first can cause one to have a lower blood sugar level than if they eat these foods last.

These experiments prove that the order in which one eats their food does matter, especially for diabetics.

The Best Order to Eat Your Food

In order for your blood glucose level to be lowered, you should eat your food in the following order:

  1. Vegetables and proteins
  2. Carbohydrates

Eating the food on your plate in this order will keep your blood sugar level lower than if you eat your food in the reverse order, or together.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2016 Margaret Minnicks


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      Lynne Thomas 

      11 months ago

      So what happens if you eat veg, protein and rice together. Juice is never an option in the house.

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      Sherrie Weynand 

      3 years 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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      3 years 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.


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