What is the best diet?

This is the question we all ask of ourselves, our nutritionalists or dieticians at some stage or another.  “What is the best diet?” We will often discuss the pros and the cons of all the different diets we are presented with in order to be healthy and disease free, strong, slim and fit. Nutritionalists and dieticians will give you the benefit of their training and might suggest for example you should avoid the glucose spike from eating the simple carbohydrates like ice-cream and instead eat complex carbohydrates like brown rice. We have developed a food pyramid of foods suggesting a little of this and lots of that. We understand that our glucose response is critical.  The consequences of But, are missing something?   This interesting study suggests we have.  We need to be looking at the individuals microbiome before we give dietary advice.  We can have a different glucose response the the same foods. One person can have their blood glucose levels spiked by ice cream and not by brown rice whilst another person might have it the other way around.

Our response to glucose and insulin is critical to the maintenance of health and wellbeing. Low blood sugar levels (Hypoglycaemia) will show some or all of the following symptoms –

  • hunger and irritability
  • tremor or trembling
  • sweating and anxiety
  • heart palpitations
  • accelerated heart rate
  • tingling lips
  • dizziness and weakness

Whereas high blood sugar levels (Hyperglycaemia) will have these symptoms –

  • Increased thirst and headaches.
  • Trouble concentrating.
  • Blurred vision.
  • Frequent peeing.
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss.

The aim is not to have spikes in our blood sugar levels, but to hold it steady. What this study has shown is that we all respond differently to different foods. What works for you, does not necessarily work for me, and if we think about that, we’ve seen it. We’ve probably wondered how some people seem to ‘get away’ with eating something while others don’t

Watch a TED talk by Prof. Eran Segal and form your own opinion. There were some interesting comments.

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