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When to consume carbs/types of carbs

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 24, 2011 at 12:36 AM

Is there an optimal time of day to consume carbs?

Do you run into problems with blood sugar when consuming carbs with meals that are higher in fat than other meals?

More carbs from fruit, "safe starches", or a little of both?

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on November 26, 2011
at 02:58 AM

interesting- i wonder if it has anything to do with getting sounder sleep. I always sleep better after having starch during a late dinner.

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on November 24, 2011
at 03:44 PM

IMO I think it depends on the person and what their goals are. For me, I eat carbs with all meals - potatoes, sweet potatoes, seasonal fruit,s squash, etc. I lift weights, CF, and do body work in my apartment and found, after **much** tinkering that I'm able to build muscle nicely, remain lean, keep an optimum energy by making sure these are a part of my daily routine. With protein of course!

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on November 25, 2011
at 03:37 PM

During waking hours.

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on November 24, 2011
at 02:27 AM

This smallish study showed that consuming carbs in the evening was helpful from both a weight loss and hormonal point of view. Reminds me a bit of the Carbohydrate Addicts diet.

Consuming some fat with carbs should help blood sugar levels since fat typically slows down digestion.

As far as fruit vs safe starch, you should see what works for you. Fruit has fructose in it which doesn't have a direct impact on blood sugar, but some folks like to moderate their fructose intake.

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on November 26, 2011
at 02:58 AM

interesting- i wonder if it has anything to do with getting sounder sleep. I always sleep better after having starch during a late dinner.

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on November 24, 2011
at 02:04 AM

Evening is best for me to eat carbs. It helps with sleep, which I reckon is probably because the resulting insulin helps tryptophan enter the brain for conversion into serotonin and melatonin.

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on November 24, 2011
at 12:47 AM

We're at our most insulin sensitive in the afternoon and evening so many eat their carbs later in the day; I'm not sure it matters much though.

Here is a great post on how to minimise high blood sugar: http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?p=4937

Personally, most of my carbs are from starches (like potato, yam, plantains etc) but I eat fruit sometimes. I don't think whole food fruit is damaging; just don't go crazy (80/10/10 :P) with it. :-)

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on November 24, 2011
at 05:50 AM

Everyones answers were really helpful. That "Perfect Health Diet" post was just what I was looking for.

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on November 24, 2011
at 03:06 PM

No problem, check out the rest of the blog. Brilliant information!

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on November 24, 2011
at 02:53 AM

According to The Circadian Prescription, it's optimal (from a hormonal/circadian standpoint) to consume most carbs in the evening, as that helps to get you in proper condition for sleep. Remember how food comas tend to come after big carb-y meals...

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on November 24, 2011
at 01:05 AM

"Do you run into problems with blood sugar when consuming carbs with meals that are higher in fat than other meals?"

Starting my meal with protein and fat and ending it with carbs keeps my BG very level.

"More carbs from fruit, "safe carbs", or a little of both?"

I'm probably close to a 50/50 split between fruit and veggies, with a tbsp of honey divided among 3 mugs of coffee every morning. Note: I eat only occasional starch; my daily carbs are fruit, non-starchy veggies and the honey.

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on November 24, 2011
at 12:51 AM

For me? As a breakfast ( literally) Early in the morning, and straight to my liver, muscles and belly.

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