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23 May 2004

Sugar = insulin = weight gain?
Is it true that a person has more insulin during the evening, and therefore it is best to have sweets early on in the day. As I understand, great amounts of insulin is released every time we eat sugar. Would it be better to have sweets or chocolate directly after a meal that contains protein to slow down the GI and therefore not increase my weight? As I understand, sugar = insulin = weight gain. Is this true?
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DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Mika
Basically most foods with a high glycaemic index (sugar, sweets, bread, potatoes) will cause a bigger and faster release of insulin than those with a low GI (yoghurt, seed bread, meat, etc). So if you want to prevent large releases of insulin it is a good idea to eat low GI foods and to use high GI foods after a meal or if you need instant energy (e.g. when you are exercising). You won't necessarily gain weight when you eat high GI foods. Weight gain occurs when you ingest more energy than required for your output. If you have insulin resistance then eating high GI foods may contribute to weight gain. Click on 'Diet' and 'Diet Basics' and 'Glycaemic Index' and read the articles on the GI.
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DietDoc
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