The Worst And Best Foods For Your Blood Sugar

Episode 489 1h 19m


What if you had a tool that helped you not only make better health decisions in the grocery store and restaurants but also gave you real-time feedback on how your body uniquely reacts to any kind of food? That is the beauty of wearable technology, and thanks to continuous glucose monitors this is something we’ll all be able to take advantage of in the near future. Levels is one company that’s been spearheading this field, providing an incredible amount of information on blood sugar responses and metabolic individuality.

Today on The Doctor’s Farrnacy, I talk to Dr. Casey Means about what we can learn from the 51 million data points Levels has already gathered on blood glucose reactions, and so much more. I am so excited to talk to Dr. Means and pick her brain about all the data Levels has collected. With insulin resistance playing a key role in the majority of the chronic diseases of our time, monitoring how our blood sugar responds to different foods is a huge step towards prevention and healing.

If you’ve ever wondered what’s the worst candy or cereal to eat, or what the best thing to order at Chipotle might be, Dr. Means has some great insights for you. In addition to specific foods that tend to help or hurt a majority of people, we also talk about why combining different kinds of foods is essential for a balanced response. Walking and other forms of movement can have a big payoff for our health in multiple ways, one of which is blood glucose. Dr. Means shares the results of a study on drinking soda and walking and how to use this information yourself when you eat something that might be less than ideal for your blood sugar. We also get into her findings on alcohol, what the ideal range for fasting blood sugar might be, and so much more in this episode.


This episode is brought to you by Rupa Health, Thrive Market, and InsideTracker. The Doctor’s Farmacy podcast works with a select group of sponsors to allow for ongoing production and allow it to be zero-cost to anyone who wishes to listen to and watch the podcast.

Topics Covered

  • The leading driver of mortality in the Western world


  • The type of foods that are driving cardio and metabolic disease


  • Learnings from 51 million continuous glucose monitor readings


  • Foods commonly believed to be healthy that actually spike blood sugar


  • How various food combinations affect blood sugar


  • Walking after eating can lower glucose levels


  • Foods we should never eat and surprising foods that spike glucose levels


  • Foods that don’t spike blood sugar but should still be avoided


  • How food combinations, sequencing, and when we eat influence glucose levels


  • What are normal and optimal blood sugar levels?


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