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Is insulin response to sugar, protein, carbs, different?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 26, 2013 at 12:43 AM

I was wondering about insulin response in regard to sweet taste vs. carbs vs. protein. Is the insulin response the same for all three, or does it differ in some way?

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on July 02, 2013
at 12:28 PM

I think smelling cinnamon and other aromatics like nutmeg can trigger a response also...

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on July 02, 2013
at 10:12 AM

@Nasty, not true, for lots of people, simply tasting sweet produces an insulin response in anticipation of incoming nutrients. One of the biggest failures is to try to get into a ketogenic state and sweeten your coffee with stevia. You'll get an insulin response, going hypoglycemic when you're already not consuming glucose.

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on June 26, 2013
at 04:45 AM

Non-nutritive sweeteners have not been found to produce an insulin response.

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on July 02, 2013
at 10:16 AM

Both protein and glucose trigger an insulin response, however, protein also triggeers glucagon, which lowers insulin, so glucose winds up having a larger response.

The only macronutrient that does not cause an insulin response is fat.

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on July 02, 2013
at 08:09 AM

My understanding is that the insulin response to protein is miniscule compared to the insulin response to sugar/carbs.

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