Meat Increases Insulin Levels As Much As Pure Table Sugar
We know that carbohydrates increase insulin, the root of all evil when it comes to dieting and health, and rises in insulin lead to weight gain and a plethora of chronic diseases.
It would appear a Paleo diet is being promoted as the better way to eat because it supports healthy living primarily through the reduction of carbohydrate consumption, which controls the body’s insulin response. The only problem is the Paleo diet requires a large percentage of the foods eaten to come from meat, but meat increases insulin release as much as and even more than carbohydrates.
Dr. Greger explained that it has been known for more than half a century that meat increases insulin, but most have forgotten this point and all the blame for increased insulin release is put on carbohydrates. Even the “carbohydrate point” has to be explained in more detail. First let us start with the graph in the video. In 1997 an insulin index was published ranking foods on which stimulated the increase in insulin the most.
The insulin spike caused from the consumption of a large apple, a cup of oatmeal, a cup and a half of white flour pasta, a beef burger without the bun, and a half a salmon fillet were compared. The beef burger caused more than double the insulin spike of the apple, oatmeal, and pasta, and also doubled the insulin spike caused by the salmon. I know, that is incredible. All this time we thought it was just carbohydrates that spiked insulin levels and led to the development of diabetes, but it isn’t so simple.
We have to stop lumping all carbohydrates together and because they are not all the same. The villains here are processed and chemically derived sugars, table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup, and food that contains them, and not fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. The graph in the video shows meat increases insulin release as much as pure sugar, so that means pure sugar also causes more than twice the insulin release than the apple, oatmeal, and white flour pasta.