People with diabetes who ate the protein and vegetable portions of a meal 15 minutes before starting in on their carbs reduced their one-hour postmeal glucose levels by 37%, compared with their glucose on a day when they ate carbs first. Insulin levels were also lower when they ate protein and vegetables first.

Why: Carbs can cause glucose and insulin levels to spike, but protein appears to mitigate this effect.

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