type 2 diabetes
Will a diet low in fat and high in sugar work for a diabetic to control blood sugar?
How will a Diet of Raw Fruit affect blood sugar control?
Swayze Foster at http://www.fitonraw.com wrote an article about an experiment she conducted on herself. Since she doesn’t say she is a diabetic, but had access to and used a glucose meter to keep track of her sugar when she converted to eating fruit for 7 days we can assume she was interested in losing weight and what would work.
The reason being, when dieting and trying to lose weight, one of the pitfalls is when calories consumed are used up and we end up with low blood sugar with our insides calling for more food…so off the diet and over eat!
Below is an excerpt from the article she wrote about her 7 day Eating Raw Experiment.
Recently, I wanted to prove that a low fat, high fruit raw vegan diet does NOT lead to high blood sugar. Using a standard blood glucose monitor, I measured my blood glucose level several times a day for seven days.
The results may shock you.
Over the entire seven days, taking three readings each day, my blood glucose level never went above the normal range for fasting blood glucose OR postprandial blood glucose. Not even once.
Not even seconds after finishing off a large 800+ calorie fruit meal! So if a diet so high in sugar doesn’t lead to high blood sugar, what does?
It Isn’t the Fruit Sugar doesn’t lead to high blood sugar, no matter how much you eat. Because it doesn’t have to be broken down and converted to glucose (everything you eat has to be converted to simple sugar before it can be absorbed and assimilated by the body), the sugar from fruit is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream.
Contrary to popular belief, this speedy absorption is actually a good thing. It means that you’ll be quickly satiated (you won’t overeat) and quickly fueled (great for physical and mental performance).
Once the sugar is in the bloodstream, insulin is sent from your pancreas to your bloodstream. The insulin then transports the sugar from the blood and into your cells. In a normal and healthy human body, the sugar from fruit is digested, absorbed, assimilated, and even eliminated quickly and easily. It’s the Fat“
Will a diet High in Fat Contribute to and Raise Blood Sugar Levels?
Swayze continues on with her theory that sugar isn’t the cause of high blood sugar, but excess fat in the diet which seemingly coats your circulatory system, the liver and the pancreas thereby preventing normal absorption of sugar….therefore high blood sugar levels result and eventually lead to the development of diabetes.
She also hypothesized that raw or cooked, excess fat is excess fat regardless if from raw nuts or avocado or other sources and should be kept very low in your calories count. Here is part of a study she presented in the original article.
*Low-Fat Diet Alone Reversed type 2 diabetes in Mice*
This study was conducted at Duke University Medical Center in 1999. The researchers took a group of diabetes-prone mice and reduced their diet from 40% fat to 10% fat. The results? Total reversal of their diabetes. And this wasn’t just due to weight loss because……their insulin and glucose (blood sugar) levels began to decrease before their weight did, suggesting that fat reduction acts on insulin and glucose levels independent of weight loss. What’s even more interesting is that sugar had absolutely no effect on the mice in terms of either increasing or decreasing their symptoms. To read more of Swayze’s article you may go here. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Swayze_Foster
The results from the above study and another cited in Swayze’s article concluded that even humans can benefit from eating a diet high in Raw Carbs…in other words eat RAW fruit and vegetables and keep fat from all sources to 10% or less of total calories.
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