According to a study published in the journal, Diabetes Care, the order in which food is consumed can impact blood sugar levels in overweight Type 2 diabetes patients. The research found that eating vegetables and protein before carbs can help to bring down insulin and blood sugar levels after meals.
The study mentioned above had 11 subjects who were suffering from both obesity and Type 2 diabetes. They were all taking the oral drug for diabetes, Metformin. The participants were asked to eat a conventional Western diet meal comprising of vegetables, protein, fat and carbohydrates. Specifically, the meal given in the study consisted of chicken breast, steamed buttered broccoli, tomato lettuce salad seasoned with low-fat dressing, ciabatta bread and finally orange juice.