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Starting a meal by eating vegetables and protein, and finishing it with carbohydrates, keeps one fuller than if one ate the same foods in the reverse order.

This is because protein slows down the release of sugar from carbohydrates into the blood stream, preventing a sugar `high' and then crash-and hunger pangs, Pakistan Television News reported, quoting a study.

The order in which we eat food is key to controlling blood sugar, scientists have found.

Starting a meal by eating vegetables and protein, and finishing it with carbohydrates, keeps us fuller than if we ate the same foods in the reverse order.

Doctors say the findings are of particular significance for diabetics, who must retain tight control over their blood sugar levels.

`Overweight and obese people with type 2 diabetes may feel better after a meal if they start it off with vegetables or proteins and end with the carbs,' they reported.

Writing in the journal Diabetes Care, they said, `Finishing the broccoli and chicken before tucking into bread and fruit juice was tied to a lower rise in blood sugar levels over the next two hours, compared to eating the same foods in the opposite order.

 


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