Control blood sugar with a drizzle of THIS
Memorial Day is around the corner... and I can almost smell the steak sizzling on the grill just thinking about it.
The start of summer BBQ season really taps into my inner "caveman"!
If you've been reading my eTips for a while now, you already know that I'm a fan of following something called the "Caveman Diet" (Paleo) because it eliminates the grains, potatoes, and other carbs that can send you on a rollercoaster ride of blood sugar and insulin spikes and crashes.
Focusing on Paleo-friendly animal proteins, healthy fats, fruits, vegetables, and nuts can keep diabetes at bay -- whether you've already been diagnosed with it or not.
And according to new research, marinating that meat and stir-frying those veggies in some olive oil will give your blood sugar battle a bit more oomph -- because it reduces your risk of developing type 2 diabetes AND lowers blood sugar in those who already have it.
The meta-analysis out of Germany, which pooled data from four cohort studies and 29 trials, found that every time you increase your daily intake of olive oil by 10 grams, it reduces your risk of developing a new case of type 2 by 9 percent!
In the study, diabetes patients who added with olive oil to their diets significantly lowered both their fasting blood sugar and HbA1c (a measure of blood glucose over several weeks or months).
And, as an added bonus, olive oil has also been shown to slash heart disease risk and to shield your arteries from the dangerous effects of air pollution.
Now, you may be more familiar with olive oil as a staple of what's known as the Mediterranean Diet, but Paleo incorporates the healthy oil as well.
The biggest difference between the two diets is that the Mediterranean approach restricts your portions of meat and includes some whole grains, while Paleo focuses heavily on meat and fish and pretty much eradicates carbs altogether.
I prefer Paleo, which is a more "back to basics" approach and more accurately reflects what our ancestors would have eaten back when they were living in caves.
But, of course, both options are healthier than a nightly habit of ordering take-out or getting your dinner from a box.
Here's to a healthy summer grilling season!