Food Affects Our Blood Sugar Differently

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Have you ever wondered why your friend can scoff sweets and fatty foods and stay slim? Or someone who eats supposed healthy food and can't lose weight.

A new study suggests it's because food influences our blood sugar levels individually. So if I eat an egg, my blood sugar may spike while yours stays constant.

And food experts reckon it's the key to a new wave of nutrition services and support.

Food and blood sugar responses

The study, published in Cell journal in November, indicates that we all have different blood sugar responses to a particular food.

What that means is that there is no one diet or nutrition guide that suits us all. Instead, we should eat foods that don't spike our blood sugar and avoid those that do, even if they're accepted generally as healthier choices.

The study assessed blood sugar responses to food 2 hours after eating. This response, known as the post-prandial glucose response, could unlock to key to long-term weight loss and health.

Quoted on MedlinePlus , Dr Ewan Elinav from Israel?s Weizmann Institute of Science, said:

I think our research offers a new, distinct look at nutrition and how it may affect our body. Each human being has a unique response to any food he or she consumes.

Help for diabetics?

It's long been accepted that certain foods cause identical glucose responses and that the foods that are high GI are detrimental to the health of people with type 2 diabetes, obesity, and other diet-related issues.

However, the research team found that so-called high-GI foods like bread didn't affect participants in the same way. Some experienced a blood sugar rise, while others didn't.

Having said that, the study involved a sample of 800 adults over one week. And there were some assumptions made about which foods in particular affected blood sugar.

Some nutritionists have said devising diets based on individual blood sugar responses is too narrow, and many other factors need to be taken into account when creating tailored nutrition plans.

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