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Insulinogenic properties of different types of foods

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Created January 18, 2011 at 10:15 PM

Does anyone have any good lists or references to the different levels of insulin released from various types of food? I know that sugar and dairy have higher responses than say protein, but I am under the impression that different types of protein trigger different levels of insulin.

My goal is to create a list of the amount of insulin released from various food groups in general, and within that, the amount of insulin released by each type, ie. the amount of insulin released in response to glucose, fructose, lactose, etc.; or beef, chicken, liver etc.; or butter, cream, CO, etc.

Hope that makes sense.

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Todd, there is no home-based insulin monitoring test; insulin measures require specialized instruments and training. Your best option is a BG monitor and ketone test strips. Unless you are REALLY geeky about getting data, AND unless you also have diabetes, just deal with the BG monitor and rotate testing breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks/beverages for 1 week at a time, noting what levels you get 30 min, 1 hour, 2 hours after finishing eating (3 hour test can be useful too, but that's really getting specific). You won't know what level of insulin is required to bring your BG down though.

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at 08:55 AM

you bet. I was surprised to see how different foods effected my blood sugars. Some were quite different than "the books" would have me believe. just having fun being my own little experiment. good luck!

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Thanks, Kenp. I definitely think this is something I plan on doing. Thanks for the link.

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@Cheryl, that is a great idea. Is there a certain tests I can take, or are you referring to a glucose monitor?

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on January 19, 2011
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Agreed, thank you for the great article.

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Cheryl, thanks for underlining that point. It is vital.

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Kilton, thank you for posting this. It's an interesting study.

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Wow, I'm just learning how this all ties in. It's fascinating. Especially the Cephalic Phase Insulin Response.. absolutely amazing to me.

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on January 18, 2011
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Dr. Richard Bernstein's book, The Diabetes Solution, has some of that information. Some foods cause the blood sugar to rise quickly, some cause it to rise very high, some do both.

For a healthy, stable blood sugar, the foods which are slow-acting, and cause only a small rise in blood sugar are good choices.

Here are parts of it, online:

http://www.diabetes-book.com/readit.shtml


According to the reports I've read at Pubmed, and the posts I've read at diabetic forums, the amount one's blood sugar rises, how quickly and how much, and the amount of insulin which is produced is different in each person, even when eating those good food choices.

And if the health of the pancreas changes, those responses change.


The insulin response list would change according to what one has eaten, how tired one is, if one is under different stress, or ill, etc.

Diabetics, and others, avoid sweets and starches, and count total carbs, net carbs, or carbs minus half the fiber, depending on which method they use.

There is also something called the Cephalic Phase Insulin Response, which is the insulin produced in response to smelling, looking at, looking at photographs of, tasting (but not eating), thinking about food, or watching advertisements for food on television. You can read about it at Pubmed.

Hope this helps a bit.

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on January 18, 2011
at 10:55 PM

Wow, I'm just learning how this all ties in. It's fascinating. Especially the Cephalic Phase Insulin Response.. absolutely amazing to me.

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on January 18, 2011
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on January 18, 2011
at 11:42 PM

Kilton, thank you for posting this. It's an interesting study.

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on January 19, 2011
at 08:03 AM

Agreed, thank you for the great article.

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While you can read all kinds of stuff that will give a decent theoretical idea I believe doing this will do you better. It's YOUR body, track YOUR response to get the best idea of the best foods to eat.

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(230)

on January 19, 2011
at 08:55 AM

you bet. I was surprised to see how different foods effected my blood sugars. Some were quite different than "the books" would have me believe. just having fun being my own little experiment. good luck!

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on January 19, 2011
at 08:09 AM

Thanks, Kenp. I definitely think this is something I plan on doing. Thanks for the link.

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on January 18, 2011
at 11:44 PM

PaleoGran makes the critical point that every individual is different. If you want to compile a table, a la the article that kilton linked, you're going to have to do standardized laboratory values, as what your body reacts to, and to what degree, will vary a LOT from what my body will react to. Just goes to show that there is something to individuality of biology, no matter who similar our DNA (or blood type, for that matter) might be.

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on January 19, 2011
at 08:06 AM

@Cheryl, that is a great idea. Is there a certain tests I can take, or are you referring to a glucose monitor?

2b8c327d1296a96ad64cdadc7dffa72d

on January 19, 2011
at 06:53 PM

Todd, there is no home-based insulin monitoring test; insulin measures require specialized instruments and training. Your best option is a BG monitor and ketone test strips. Unless you are REALLY geeky about getting data, AND unless you also have diabetes, just deal with the BG monitor and rotate testing breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks/beverages for 1 week at a time, noting what levels you get 30 min, 1 hour, 2 hours after finishing eating (3 hour test can be useful too, but that's really getting specific). You won't know what level of insulin is required to bring your BG down though.

D31a2a2d43191b15ca4a1c7ec7d03038

(4134)

on January 19, 2011
at 12:55 AM

Cheryl, thanks for underlining that point. It is vital.

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