Protein? Carb?

By re1ndeer Latest Reply 2011-02-24 16:08:46 -0600
Started 2011-01-19 08:45:35 -0600

Which is better for a snack? Protein or Carb? Why?

50 replies

christynina 2011-02-24 16:03:33 -0600 Report

With hypoglycemia, you eat both. You have to be wary of proteins at bedtime because you might not sleep well. My 17 year old eats almost constantly to keep her glucose level up. It drops rapidly no matter what she eats. Do you have a nutritionist? This was our lifesaver! If she has a problem she can call anytime. It had been great. It costs us about $75.00 a visit even with insurance, but we couldn't have done it without her!

tomecom 2011-01-22 07:11:41 -0600 Report

It depends upon what you are doing. If you are going to exercise you should eat a low glycemic index snack to prevent sugar lows. If you are about to go to bed you should avoid high glycemic index snacks because they will cause a spike and then a sugar low.
Only about 4% of protein will be converted into glucose that enters the bloodstream. Protein will keep you from becoming hungry after a couple of hours. If you are trying to avoid higher blood sugars you should eat protein. However, your body has to have sufficient amounts of carbohydrates in order to maintain good balance and health.

Singinchick18 2011-01-21 09:47:39 -0600 Report

protein is better for you and if you have protein and fat or protein and carb then it keeps you fuller so I'd go with protein. Or if you wanted both you could do like cheese and crackers or something with carb and protein.

octord 2011-01-20 20:54:40 -0600 Report

I have a one-pound bag fo m&m on the table and when i get the urge to eat sugar I take 2 pieces and that does the trick… from time to time it does not work so I get a slice of wheat bread and some peanut butter with some milk and that for sure that solve the problem.

SRicci15 2011-01-19 18:44:23 -0600 Report

Don't think of it as either/or. Instead, incorporate the two, and be mindfull of calories. High protien (yogurt, light string cheese, skim milk, egg whites) and complex carbs i.e. high fiber (a slice of ww bread/toast, oatmeal, triscuits, all bran) - I eat a breakfast of Special K and vanilla yogurt (140 cal), lunch of oatmeal, special K mixed in, skim milk, and a raw vegie of some sort, and I am not hungry during the afternoon. For dinner I incorporate complex carbs, high fiber vegies, and protein (egg white omlette), Before bed I am not quite so disciplined, but try to keep to a diet hot choc and a smalll bowl of cereal …
However, I tend to occasionally binge on my hubby's pop-tarts or cookies, which are pure sugar that spike my sugar… hey, I'm only human. :( I've learned to forgive myself…LOL!

Mrs. Tenacious
Mrs. Tenacious 2011-01-21 19:26:52 -0600 Report

Hello Mrs SRicci15!
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I am not ashamed to say I bought $70 worth of stuff I could eat that day! I hope you try the cookies…simply delicious! Be Blessed!

SRicci15 2011-01-22 08:40:11 -0600 Report

Thanks Mrs. T. I have tried them. As long as I program my pump for the sufficient amount of carbs I am okay, but when you get downto brass tacs, a calorie is a calorie, and I often battle with the calorie thing. I find the 100 calorie snacks (which I buy in armfulls at Walmart) are handy. And 90 cal granola bars, Choc Pretzel… yum!

CaliKo 2011-01-19 14:28:40 -0600 Report

Hi R1ndeer, Are you taking a serving away from your meals to create the snacks? (I'm T2, diet and exercise controlled) I started by taking a carb serving away because they had said to spread the carb servings out as evenly through the day as possible for steady bg levels. I eat 3 meals and 3 snacks. I found that my fruit snacks need protein or fat with them to slow down the carb absorption or I might spike. For instance, my morning snack might be blueberries with a little yogurt and my afternoon snack might be pear slices with a little peanut butter. My bedtime snack works best on the following fasting reading if it's a whole wheat carb with a little fat or protein, like a whole wheat mini bagel or tortilla with butter. (I'm going to try the graham crackers and pb, that sounds good!) I know it sounds like I eat a lot, and sometimes it feels like it too, but my meals are small and filled with vegetables and lean protein. I hope that helps.

re1ndeer 2011-01-19 14:37:41 -0600 Report

Thanks, CaliKo. Yes that's what I'm trying to do (taking a serving away). I have been having trouble with portion control, and the Drs. want me to spread out through out the day. So, I don't over eat at any meal, Then my BS are out of whack. I think I'm going to try your afternoon snack of pear slices with PB.

Gizmomey 2011-01-20 13:55:46 -0600 Report

if its hard to take a carb away do it slowly. i do know that when my sugar reading gets high i eat eggs or some kinda of protein and it lowers my sugars pretty quickly. You want to equal out your portions of protein and carbs.

CaliKo 2011-01-19 15:00:30 -0600 Report

Good luck, I hope it works for you as well as it did for me. I think it helps with portion control knowing that you get to have a snack in a couple of hours or so. Sometimes if I feel like I just have to have something and it's not time, I'll eat an ounce of low-fat cheese or a roasted red bell pepper. But of course, it all has to be counted in the daily total.

MewElla 2011-01-19 14:08:14 -0600 Report

During my diabetes class at the hospital, I was told to eat a graham cracker with 1 teaspoon of pnt butter on it as nite time snack, if my #'s before bed was 80-100. They said the pntbutter was slow in digesting and would help me through the nite, and now the morning #'s are great. It sure works for me.

RedGloves 2011-01-19 14:03:04 -0600 Report

I've been wondering that about night-time snacks as well. Which usually makes your sugar lower in the morning? One nurse suggested yogurt. I sometimes eat a few nuts. It's hard for me to remember to eat before bedtime . . . I've been training myself not to for so many years . . . How does eatting or taking cinnamon at night influence your morning levels?

MewElla 2011-01-21 13:40:30 -0600 Report

I always sprinkle cinnamon on my half of an apple that I have with my breakfast. I can tell the difference before and after I started this with my #'s.

re1ndeer 2011-01-19 14:07:59 -0600 Report

My normal nite time snack is 0ne cracker with peanut butter. I was told by my diabetes educater that it stablizes your sugar through out the night. Any time I have cinnamon it lowers my blood sugars. I normally will have cinnamon toast for breakfast as my BS are high in the morning , but that is do to pain medication I take at night.

MewElla 2011-01-19 13:42:34 -0600 Report

I eat string cheese and a hard boiled egg. Sounds crazy, but it works for me. I carry a small apple with me in my pocket and if I am getting a little tired, I eat it and it pushes me home. Usually walk 5-6 miles each day. I started slow and worked up to what now is my norm. Makes me feel good when I get back home.Good Luck to you..

re1ndeer 2011-01-19 13:59:26 -0600 Report

Thank you for your response. Wow, I wish I could walk that much per day, you must live in a climate where there is little snow. We have snow here about 4 months a year.

Gizmomey 2011-01-21 01:14:30 -0600 Report

you can always walk around the malls if its bad outside. i live in denver and walk around walmart for a few hourd wth my kids sometimes just to get some kind of exercise. its better than just sitting at home. window shopping is always fun :}

re1ndeer 2011-01-21 03:38:11 -0600 Report

I live in a rural area. We have no malls. The closest Mall to me is about 40 miles away. I love window shopping.

Gizmomey 2011-01-21 10:07:26 -0600 Report

gee thats a bummer. You can always walk in place in your house. Start out slow. they also have exercises when you are sitting down. You can always go online and search for those. any kinda of exercise is good. i hate to exercise and no its hard but you really do feel better when you exercise and sleep better at night.

MewElla 2011-01-21 13:37:39 -0600 Report

When it is raining or extreme heat, I do walk in my home. I have a very long home and using a pedometer will get all my steps in for the exercise. It's a lot of back and forth, but I get it in. This is not my exercise of choice but just something I have to do for myself. I figure diabetes does not take the day off and neither can I.

MewElla 2011-01-21 16:06:06 -0600 Report

I definitely play music while I walk at home, something that is lively and fast, gets me into the rhythm of the walk, as I call it.

CaliKo 2011-01-21 10:09:41 -0600 Report

I also do lots of my exercises indoors during the cold and also during the excessive heat we have during summer months. I like the aerobics and weights tapes.

Gizmomey 2011-01-21 10:27:54 -0600 Report

thats a good idea. i never think about that. we have a game system called the WII and i do boxing and other games that make you exercise and you get a workout on some of the. punching the bag for 5 minutes is a good workout and you sweat as well.

kdroberts 2011-01-19 11:08:39 -0600 Report

It depends on what you are doing and if you have any other medical problems. Basically, protein won't raise your blood sugar, carb will.

re1ndeer 2011-01-19 13:18:22 -0600 Report

I really wanted to know if I was to choose a snack, any time of day,overall which would be better eating a carb or eating a protein. I was looking for something that I could stretch out my meals. So, I could have 3 basic meals and 2 snacks in the day.

kdroberts 2011-01-19 13:39:16 -0600 Report

Right, but it depends. If you have kidney problems then you may need to eat less protein or you may cause more damage to your kidneys. If you are going to exercise then you may need to eat more carb or you run the risk of getting low blood sugar or your body releasing glucose and sending your blood sugar high. Some people find that in the morning they have problems eating carb so you may want to eat more protein. Conversely some people find that a little more carb in the evening will help their blood sugar over night. Protein will keep you from feeling hungry for longer than carb will but you have to take everything else into consideration.

re1ndeer 2011-01-19 13:53:56 -0600 Report

I understood from my doctor that I'm to limit animal protein from my diet, not all proteins. My blood sugars fluxulate from day to day depending on what I eat for breakfast or for lunch. That is why I was looking for a common snack that would not have two many calories, depending if it was a carb or a protein.