From previous studies we know that a healthy diet plays a role in diabetes control and prevention. In addition to eating the right foods, researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College determined that the order in which we eat certain foods may impact blood sugar levels after eating—and that eating protein and veggies first (before carbohydrates) may support healthy insulin levels and in turn help keep blood sugar in check.
The small study looked at nearly a dozen morbidly obese adults with type 2 diabetes. After monitoring their food intake, it was discovered that post-meal blood glucose levels were significantly lower (by as much as 29%) up to two hours after eating when protein and vegetables were consumed before carbs.
Because starchy carbohydrates break down into sugar in the body and can cause sharp spikes in blood sugar, study author Louis Aronne believes this simple step may be a helpful way for diabetics to manage their blood sugar levels throughout the day.