Why Food Order Matters

How do you Eat your Carbs?

There are different types of carb eaters. Some of us can’t wait to eat the carbohydrates off our plate while others will wait and save their carbs for last.

These carb eating tactics are a matter of preference (or maybe discipline) but the effects of “carb order” are significant and can have dramatic effects on  blood sugar and appetite. Here is why carb order matters.

A study published this week showed that the order in which you eat your carbs will affect appetite hormones, insulin levels and blood sugars. In this study, participants were divided into three groups-


And this is what they found. People who ate their carbohydrates first had a much greater spike in hunger hormones while those who ate their carbohydrates last had suppression Ghrelin- a hormone released by the stomach that stimulates hunger. What’s more, previous studies by this same group showed that the “carbohydrate-last” group also had higher levels of GLP-1, a gut hormone that signals to our brain that we are full and a lower post meal blood sugars and a lower insulin response.

The take home?  Eating your protein and veggies first and saving carbohydrates for last results in a hormonal profile that promotes fullness and stabilizes blood sugars. 
So the next time you strategize your plate-save your carbs for last!  


To a happy and healthy you,

Dr. Adrienne Youdim MD

Dr. Adrienne Youdim

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