Does meat turn to sugar

Brandon Williams
By Brandon Williams Latest Reply 2014-01-18 20:03:48 -0600
Started 2014-01-17 07:50:58 -0600

My know it all friend says I eat to much meat. I'm only eating 3-4oz of chicken mostly for lunch and dinner. He says to much will turn to sugar. Is that true and is that to much meat in a day?

7 replies

Kirla 2014-01-18 12:27:53 -0600 Report

Chicken and most meat will not raise your blood sugar much. Just watch how there cooked. Meats cooked with breadcrumbs or in sauces or have added sauce, may also have added sugar and thickening agents that will spike your blood sugar. I had to stop eating fish fries because of the added breadcrumbs.

When eating at the all you can eat buffets I usually will pig out on beef and other meats along with a salad with oil and vinegar and low carb vegetables if available. Blood sugar doesn’t change much.

Foods you have to be careful with are starchy foods. Bread and most foods made with flours of any kind, even whole grain will spike your blood sugar. I haven’t eaten any foods made with flour for about 5 years now. Potatoes and corn will also spike your blood sugar.

If you’re not sure how a certain food or meal affects your blood sugar you can test before you eat it and then again 30 minutes later and about every 15 minutes thereafter until your blood sugar starts to drop. If the meal spikes your blood sugar more than 50 points or so you may have to find a way to reduce the carbs in that meal. I use 50 points but when first diagnosed my goal was to keep it spiking less than 100. Then after a couple months when my numbers were getting good I decided to try and keep after meal spikes below 50.

jayabee52 2014-01-17 14:36:47 -0600 Report

Howdy Brandon

The short answer is yes it does — eventually. But it does not very quickly. I googled this question in your title and found this discussion on Yahoo ~ of which I consider the pertainent answer to be >>"Meat can raise blood sugars, but not by a whole lot. Even protein is converted into glucose eventually.

The good thing about protein (meat) is that it contains calories and many nutrients that you can't normally get from being a vegan.

For me, meat doesn't raise my blood sugars but a tiny bit, except for fish and chicken. Those seem to hit me harder than red meat like sirloin.

While meat can raise cholesterol levels, you might want to research carbohydrate consumption in relation to cholesterol levels.

When I was diagnosed with type 2, I nearly stopped eating carbs. I limited myself to about 15g to 30g per day. I ate a lot of red meat. My total cholesterol went DOWN 10% in one month.

Google Dr Bernstein. He has an all meat diet. Once on that diet, people's blood sugar levels went down, and so did their cholesterol levels. And their blood pressure."

Nick1962 2014-01-17 08:57:44 -0600 Report

Protein (and fats) can by the process of glucogenesis, but it only occurs if you’ve exhausted any other means to get glucose into your system, and even then there are limited parts of your body (like your brain) that can use it. It’s like a real emergency type thing.

kimfing 2014-01-17 08:46:40 -0600 Report

No serving size is about the sure of a deck of cards. Which is about four oz. I don't think it turns to sugar, only if you put some form of carb in it ie bbq sauce.