August 4


Changing the Order of Eating Can Be Good for Our Blood Glucose

By Gabriela

August 4, 2021

The most vital tool when it comes to the management of diabetes might be healthy eating. This can help the management of our blood sugar since food has an instant effect on our blood sugar levels.

Therefore, there are a lot of theories about what we should eat and what we should avoid. Probably even from the first time we got the diagnosis, all we hear is “avoid carbs.” Perhaps people have said to us that “carbs are the enemy” countless times.

That means that bread and pasta are enemies. Well, in general, this is true for those who need to administer insulin before they eat. However, one study has shaken these theories. Interesting, right?

Dining Out – Essential Part of the American Culture

In reality, those who have diabetes don’t eat only the meals they cooked, and certainly, they don’t eat only at home. As a matter of fact, dining out at restaurants is an essential part of American culture.

According to estimations, the average American eats 5 meals a week out in restaurants. Why is this important? Read on, to find out.

Weill-Cornell Medical College Study

According to one study, carbs, mainly bread might not be the enemy. In fact, according to this study, the enemy might be the time we choose to consume bread.

To be more precise the researchers think about the order in which we consume our meals.

In restaurants, often the bread is served as part of a starter or an appetizer. In fact, it serves as something to whet the appetite for the main course. What the researchers did is they reversed the order.

More About the Study

This study included 5 men and 6 women all of whom had type 2 diabetes. They ate bread before their main course, and the result was spiked appetite and blood glucose levels. After seeing this, the scientists did is they reverse the order.

Therefore, the participants had the same meal as the previous one. The meal was a salad with vinaigrette, grilled chicken, a ciabatta roll of standard size, and steamed vegetables. But now instead of starting the mean with a ciabatta roll, the roll was eaten last.

The results now were different from before. Just by swapping the bread as the least food to consume the participants had 30 % lower blood glucose. This is in comparison to when they had their first meal and when they ate the ciabatta roll first.

Based on this discovery, those with diabetes won’t have to administer the same amount of insulin as they usually do before they eat carbs.


The researchers realize that this is a big difference. In addition, they fully understand that a small study has led to more questions than answers.

For instance, what about sandwiches? How will the combination of fats, proteins, and carbs impact blood glucose?

There is a need for more research on this topic. But every new research means new hope and improvement in the management of this condition.

So, who loves to eat out in restaurants?


  • Gabriela

    Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Diabetes Health Page, Fitness trainer and instructor has dedicated her career to educating and informing people for over 10 years. As one of the most passionate diabetes advocates, Gabi has worked tirelessly to ensure that those people receive the education and support they need to properly manage their diabetes and achieve their health, fitness and weight loss goals.

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