Food sequencing is a term for the order in which you eat your food. It might sound like a small thing, but the order in which you eat your food can actually have a big impact on your blood sugar levels.
There are two main schools of thought when it comes to food sequencing. One camp believes that you should eat your carbs first, followed by your protein and fat. The thinking behind this is that carbs are broken down into sugar more quickly than other nutrients, so eating them first will help to raise your blood sugar levels more quickly. The second camp believes that you should eat your salad before your carbs. The thinking here is that the fiber in the salad will help to slow down the breakdown of the carbs into sugar, which will help to keep your blood sugar levels from spikes.
So, which camp is right?
Well, it turns out that both camps may have a point. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that when diabetic patients ate a carb-heavy meal, their blood sugar levels spiked less when they had eaten a salad beforehand.
another study, this one published in the journal Nutrition, found that when people with type 2 diabetes ate a salad before a carb-heavy meal, their blood sugar levels stayed more stable after the meal than when they didn’t eat a salad.
So, it seems that eating a salad before a carb-heavy meal can help to keep your blood sugar levels from spikes. And that’s good news for anyone who is trying to control their blood sugar levels.
“Food sequencing,” or the practice of eating certain foods before others, is gaining popularity as a way to help regulate blood sugar levels. But does it really work?
According to a recent study, published in the journal Nutrition & Diabetes, food sequencing can indeed help to improve blood sugar control in people with type 2 diabetes.
The study involved 30 participants with type 2 diabetes who were asked to eat either a salad or a carbohydrate-rich food (such as bread or pasta) before their main meal. The participants were then monitored for two weeks to see how their blood sugar levels responded.
The results showed that those who ate a salad before their main meal had significantly lower blood sugar levels after eating, compared to those who ate carbs first. Importantly, the salad-eaters also had better blood sugar control overall.
“These findings suggest that, for people with type 2 diabetes, food sequencing can be a useful tool for blood sugar control,” said study author Dr. Neville Rigby.
Of course, more research is needed to confirm these findings, but the results are promising. So if you’re looking for a way to help regulate your blood sugar levels, eating a salad before your carbs just might be worth a try.