Ask a Doctor Online Now!Carbohydrates are the main source of energy in that it is broken down into simple sugars like glucose and then transported via the bloodstream to all the cells of the body for energy production.
Glucose can damage the cells in the body if the levels are not kept within a specific range. Body weight also impacts on the blood glucose levels and it is modifiable meaning that a person can change their body weight through diet and exercise.
High blood sugar levels means that the body is unable to keep the glucose levels within a normal range.
Fasting glucose are those levels upon waking – essentially having not eaten for at least 8 hours. Ask a Doctor Online Now!Pre-diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) is the stage of abnormal blood glucose regulation before diabetes mellitus develops. Whether high sugar levels are found in the blood, urine or even CSF (cerebrospinal fluid), it needs to be treated and managed.
Losing weight to return to a normal BMI (body mass index) or at least 5% to 10% of total body weight. Please note that any information or feedback on this website is not intended to replace a consultation with a health care professional and will not constitute a medical diagnosis. I was shocked to learn just how damaging sugar and high-fructose corn sweetener is on the body. I’ve come across this claim being referred to on many blogs, podcasts and word-of-mouth. Just as in the bread experiment, I would wake up and check my blood glucose before drinking the Coke. SUMMARY: My blood glucose spiked higher on wheat, and the difference between my starting blood glucose level and the peak BG number was also higher after eating bread.
If you enjoyed this post, please consider leaving a comment or subscribing to the RSS feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader. Whole wheat bread is usually not true whole wheat but processed white flour with the husks put back in. My hope is that more people would take a test-for-themselves approach to various diet claims. Well, if you’re already a type-two diabetic, it makes sense that your sugar spikes so high and stays high for so long. I thought this was a great idea you did – I love how you took matters into your own hands and did the experiment to see for yourself what the answers were. I, for one, would be curious to know if there’s a blood sugar diff between Coke US with HFCS and Coke EU with sugar.
Is sounds like you don’t just automatically believe the health claims you hear being promoted in popular social and media circles. Vinegar supplementation lowers glucose and insulin responses and increases satiety after a bread meal in healthy subjects. Gilbert, for some reason, your comment got put in the wrong place and I didn’t see it.
This is actually proof that sugar is bottlenecked in the liver promoting fatty liver disease. Recent CommentsA Discrepancy – Fran Silver Personal Training on Bread and Coke Smackdown! The Glycemic Index Laboratories located in Toronto, Canada, performed tests on four different sweeteners to demonstrate the postprandial (after consumption) blood glucose and insulin responses. The study consisted of 15 healthy subjects between the ages of 18 and 75. Blood glucose levels after the non-nutritive sweeteners were significantly lower compared to sucrose at 15, 30 and 45 minutes.
Postprandial incremental serum insulin measurements after four different sweeteners balanced for sweetness. An Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT) may be done by your doctor to test for Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes or gestational diabetes. If you are a pregnant woman being tested for gestational diabetes, the liquid you must drink will have less sugar (glucose) dissolved in water. Here it is processed further – some is broken down into simpler compounds, some is stored and others may be converted or even excreted. When carbohydrates are in short supply, the body will use proteins or fats which can also be converted into glucose.
However, if these levels drop too low then it compromises energy production and normal cell activity. A higher body weight not only increases the risk of diabetes mellitus, a condition marked by abnormally high glucose levels, but also negatively affects the glucose control in a person of normal tolerance or with diabetes. It indicates a problem primarily with the insulin levels that are secreted in response to the blood sugar levels. This is the range where the body is supposed to maintain the blood sugar levels at all times – whether upon waking, before and after eating, during sleep and the course of the day irrespective of physical activity or eating habits. Usually the 2 hour level is recorded although in pregnant women, the 1 hour and 3 hour post-prandial levels are also significant for testing. It can last for months or even years before the onset of diabetes mellitus and pre-diabetes is reversible.


This is a chronic condition which requires proper treatment and management by a medical professional. The book Why We Get Fat: And What To Do About It, by Gary Taubes, laid out all the scientific evidence and left a paper (or link) trail that anyone could follow if they want to verify the data for themselves.
Next I would drink a 12-ounce can of full-sugar Coke, then begin testing my blood sugar every thirty minutes for the next two hours. Bread is a starch, and being a complex carbohydrate, I thought this would mitigate the rise in my blood sugar levels and cause it to happen more slowly.
In the US it is sweetened with HFCS not sugar and the body treats it differently which might explain the fast return to normal BG levels. I don’t remember how it was sweetened, but you might be right about why my BG levels reacted as they did with the Coke. It might be possible to have a single slice of bread (of any kind) as a part of any diet and not have your sugar spike beyond normal levels. I was planning to do another experiment with Coke where I would eat something with the Coke and see what the difference is.
Sugar is metabolized 80% by the Liver only whereas starches, bread included is a far better energy transport to all the body’s organs. As demonstrated in the chart below, Swerve is non-glycemic and does not raise blood glucose (blood sugar) levels. Glucose levels were also significantly lower after both Swerve products compared to high potency sweetener at 15 minutes. Results are expressed as Mean±SEM, and using ANOVA for main effects of time and test meal and the time?meal interaction. Consult with your doctor, dietician or nutritionist to know if the recipe is appropriate for a diabetes diet.
The body has to therefore ensure that the blood glucose levels are neither to high nor too low. There are several other hormones and physiological processes in the body that can also impact on blood glucose levels but not to the extent as insulin and glucagon.
When the blood sugar (glucose) is too high, the pancreas secretes more insulin which then helps to lower the blood glucose levels to some degree thereby bringing it within a normal range. There are certain times when the sugar levels are higher or lower but still within the normal range. Therefore only the breakfast pre-prandial level is taken into consideration since it is the same as the fasting glucose level. Medication is usually necessary and this is often for life since the condition is largely irreversible. While the information is still a bit controversial, in spite of the validated research (which is open to individual interpretation), I applied my own critical reasoning and felt I could trust my own judgement.
Davis, and even though I believe he backs up his claim with data that makes sense to me, I still found it bothersome to think that two slices of whole wheat bread are as bad as a 12-ounce can of Coke.
But I have to be honest and state that when I quit eating sugar, I also quit eating bread and wheat products because of its propensity to convert to sugar.
My assumption was that even if the bread caused a spike in my blood sugar level, the full-sugar Coke would be worse because it’s basically carbonated sugar water.
William Davis (and others) is true, though it may not accurately reflect the eating habits of most individuals. For example, I might eat a sandwich for breakfast and monitor my blood sugar levels and compare it with eating two slices of bread, alone, to see if the numbers improve.
As for the wheat, I hadn’t thought about the fact that a lot of people might eat a couple slices of toast in the morning.
But I’m guessing that a meal that includes a slice of bread is going to have to also include a good mix of whole foods and plenty of natural fiber.
People who want to feel better but are confused by the messages we get from "authorities" and the media.
If the time?mean interaction was significant, then ANOVA was conducted for each time point using Tukey-Kramer method to adjust for multiple comparisons.
Often the concern focuses more around elevated blood glucose levels (hyperglycemia) which occurs in diabetes mellitus (sugar diabetes). In conditions such as diabetes mellitus, there is either a deficiency of insulin or resistance to the effects of insulin. Pre-diabetes on the other hand can be reversed by eating right, exercising and losing weight. William Davis and his message, therefore, I accepted his claim when I heard it, even though it seemed a little surprising.
So, because I’m curious by nature, I decided to test this claim for myself by having a wheat bread and Coke smackdown. Though the actual numbers went higher for the bread (152), it’s important to note that my starting blood glucose level was also lower (86) before eating the bread compared to the level (97) before drinking the Coke. Any amount sugar you consume is going to be worse or better depending on what you consume with it. Your results may vary, but in my opinion, you would be wise to avoid both full-sugar Coke and bread.


But even still, as you pointed out, they may drink coffee with their toast, and I’d guess a great deal more people would also put something more than just butter on their toast, like jam, or peanut butter. If I drink and can of sugar pop and that’s it, chances are my blood sugar will go low again within a half hour to an hour, or even sooner. Once you introduce protein to the bread, nut butter, animal protein, you slow down the digestion and blood sugar spike considerably.
Over the next few hours, your doctor will test the sugar in your blood again and check your numbers against standard numbers. This condition is on the rise globally and has a wide range of effects on different organs with at times fatal consequences. However, in rare instances glucose can be passed into the urine from the kidney tissue despite the blood glucose levels being within the normal range – renal glycosuria. Anyone who joins the quitting sugar or low carbohydrate community will become familiar with the health consequences of over-consuming sugar. So the actual amount of the spike in my blood glucose (compared to my fasting BG number taken just before eating) was greater after eating the bread. A high-fiber meal that includes protein and vegetables and a can of full-sugar soda wouldn’t be as bad as consuming just the soda alone.
The damaging affects of sugar (obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome to name a few), is reason enough to quit eating bread and drinking sugary sodas. If I eat a piece of cheese with that pop I will more than likely beat the low blood sugar and maintain a steady level because of the protein. Add some fat (butter low carbers?) and it coats the bread, stomach lining and yes, disgestion of the bread. So, as crazy as it sounds, people actually DO eat the equivalent of two slices of bread (or more) without any other food to go with it. This is done through several of the effects that these hormones have on almost every cell in the body. They also become familiar with the many experts who make certain claims about various foods and why they should be avoided.
There’s nothing like a little critical reasoning in the form of a self-administered experiment. What’s even more interesting is that at the two-hour mark, my blood sugar had returned to normal after drinking the Coke. This way, I will see the results for myself, and I’ll use my own body as the test vehicle. How would the results vary if done the morning after a full night of sleep versus not getting enough sleep? Still, in order to conduct my first experiment, I was going to have to eat two slices of it. Typically, when you have two slices of bread, there’s also going to be some meat, cheese, and maybe a slice of tomato and lettuce in there as well, and perhaps a bit of mayo or mustard.
But I wasn’t worried about it causing me to go on a sugar binge or start craving sweets until my teeth fell out. But with the bread, there was a sharp rise between the 30- and 60-minute mark, and a sharp decline between the 60- and 90-minute mark, then the numbers started to rise again at the 2-hour mark. Perhaps eating a sandwich or having bread with a meal isn’t as bad as eating only two slices of bread alone.
And until people become wiser to the dangers of refined sugar and stop buying sodas, Coke (and all soda companies) will, and should, continue to make a product that’s in demand.
Then I would eat two slices of wheat bread for breakfast and begin rechecking my blood sugar ever thirty minutes for the next two hours. However, I now have a secret weapon to conquer my fear of salad. I love red onions, and I love garlic. So the two together created a delicious flavor explosion in my mouth that I just have to share.. Determined to overcome my salad challenged attitude, I began looking at various recipes on the web for chopped salads, and using several as a guide (to which I added my own twist of course) I came up with this great tasting blend of fresh corn, black beans, olives, peppers and avocado. But rest assured that this delicious looking AND TASTING vegan hamburger recipe will have you happy and feeling great about your cruelty free choice. Instead, you can join the party with something just as tasty, happy in your stance of cruelty free food choices.
And though most vegan cheeses aren’t QUITE the same as cow or goat milk based cheeses, there are many commercial brands and some home made versions which definitely fill the void.
The sender was raving about the fabulousness of this mac and cheese, which I have to admit got my attention.
The part I didn’t like was burning my oven for two hours to cook four patties of wheat meat.
We were surprised that such a modestly priced mix passed our taste test for vegans and omnis with flying color and a five-star rating.



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