mike wrote:TheBrain wrote:Thanks, Mike. Somehow, I missed the fact that carbs and protein together can spike BG more than either alone. I've been thinking that protein curbs the BG spike from carbs.
Fat can slow the spike from carbs, but protein AND carbs give a higher spike than just the carbs. There is debate about protein alone. Some will argue that most is converted to glucose eventually and will raise glucose over a longer period. I've seen research that it is more demand driven - protein is converted to glucose as the body needs it. When doing an extended fast, my body keeps my BG high even though I'm not eating anything! I follow a way of eating where MINIMUM protein is set based on sex and height so as to not lose lean body mass, and it is much higher than most here follow. Likewise there is a max carb allowance. Fat is a range, depending on what you are trying to achieve - if you have your own stores of fat, then you consume less fat and use your body stores, whereas if you are skinny, then you eat more fat to maintain or increase weight.
I just made a batch of eight smoothies with two TB avocado oil per serving. I also added in an extra avocado. I do use berries but no other kind of fruit. (I made eight servings, ate one, and froze the rest.)
Do you have a formula you use for calculating the minimum protein based on sex and height (and I imagine it would include plant-based protein as well)? And is there also one for calculating the maximum carb allowance? I see the point about fat. I obviously need to eat more of it. I was eating more fat before I started on the low sulfur diet.