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Eet vet word slank gepubliceerd januari 2013

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Trick and Treat:
How 'healthy eating' is making us ill
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"A great book that shatters so many of the nutritional fantasies and fads of the last twenty years. Read it and prolong your life."
Clarissa Dickson Wright

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"NH&WL may be the best non-technical book on diet ever written"
Joel Kauffman, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA

Dietary Fat Gives the Best Blood Glucose Control for Diabetics

What do we want to achieve?

The major aim of any treatment of diabetes, whether Type-1 or Type-2, must be to stabilize blood glucose within the 'normal' range. Allowing it to go neither too high nor too low. That should also be the aim when considering what to eat.

Carbohydrates give the worst control of both glucose . . .

All carbs, whether starches such as bread, cereals and potatoes, or sugars such as fruit, are digested very quickly. This means that within a very short time after a carb-rich 'healthy' meal the level of glucose in your bloodstream will rise rapidly.[1]

Figure 1 shows that a high-carb meal increases blood glucose dramatically.

blood glucose graph
Fig 1: Blood glucose after carb or fat tolerance test

. . . and insulin

High blood glucose levels are harmful to the body and, as levels of glucose rise rapidly in the bloodstream, your pancreas produces a large amount of insulin to take the excess glucose out. This can be seen clearly in Figure 2. A healthy insulin level is one below 40 pmol/L.

insulin graph
Fig 2: Blood insulin after carb or fat tolerance test

Not surprisingly, a 'healthy' carbohydrate-based diet, whether or not it is low-GI gives by far the worst control of blood glucose and insulin levels. You will note that insulin levels after a carb-rich meal don't return to normal for some 4 hours.

Protein reduces glucose. . . but increases insulin

Current research confirms what has been known for many years: a high-protein diet lowers blood glucose levels after meals in people with type 2 diabetes and improves overall glucose control.[2] This study in which protein intake was doubled while carbs were reduced gave impressive results by reducing twenty-four hour blood glucose by a huge forty percent. There were also significant decreases in glycosylated haemoglobin and triglycerides after just five weeks.

dietary protein and blood insulin graph
Figure 3: Serum insulin response: The change from baseline.

This was all to the good. However, while the effect on glucose was beneficial, the addition of 50 grams of beef caused a prompt 3-fold rise in mean insulin levels. This was still at a maximum after two-and-a-half hours, and it did not return to a fasting value until more than 6 hours after the meal (Figure 3). This effect may not be so beneficial.

Fat gives the best control

We are often told that eating fat increases glucose and insulin levels. Like most dietary advice today it is quite wrong as the graphs at Figures 1 and 2 demonstrate. Here you will see clearly that dietary fats do not raise either blood glucose or insulin. Not surprisingly, many studies have shown clearly that eating fat gives by far the best control over blood glucose and insulin levels.

To sum up: carbs raise both blood glucose and insulin; protein reduces glucose, but increases insulin; and only fat gives good control over both. Not surprisingly, currently recommended, 'healthy' carbohydrate-based diets for diabetics look to be totally inappropriate.


1. Robertson MD, Henderson RA, Vist GE, Rumsey RDE. Extended effects of evening meal carbohydrate-to-fat ratio on fasting and postprandial substrate metabolism. Am J Clin Nutr 2002; 75: 505-10.
2. Gannon MC, Nuttall FQ, Saeed A, et al. An increase in dietary protein improves the blood glucose response in persons with type 2 diabetes. Am J Clin Nutr 2003; 78: 734-41.

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