Will This Raw Diet Give You Sugar Spikes?
I'm nineteen and I have been interested in food and nutrition for about 8 months to help manage my mental health (i.e. anxiety, fogginess, poor memory. So far my journey has brought me to the SCD diet, basically a diet that only allows selected fats, proteins, and monosaccharides - i.e. fruit.
Anyway I'm have been interested in the raw food lifestyle for some while and I told my mom about it. She is a big believer in diet but not the raw food one. When I told her that to maintain weight on this diet, raw foodists will eat say 12 bananas in a meal, her reaction was pretty condemning. She didn't think that it was healthy to consume that much 'sugar' in a single sitting - that it would cause a huge spike in insulin and that it would be very hard on the pancreas. She also thought that protein and fat should be consumed with any large serving of fruit to slow down the rapid sugar absorption.
Obviously people are doing this and finding great health and I was wondering what some people who have adopted this lifestyle would say to this criticism. Thank you!
Great question, Matt. I have never found a better diet for controlling blood sugar levels than this one.
Eating meals of fruit while keeping your diet low in fat will stabilize your blood sugar quite well.
If you're curious enough to see verify this, I encourage you to use a glucometer to start testing yourself before and after meals on your current diet and then again once you've been on a healthy low fat raw diet for a few weeks.
Glucometers and testing strips, frequently used by diabetics, can be purchased at just about any drug store and online.
I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
You can read more about the importance of keeping your fat intake low here