You all know the old adage: What's good for the goose is good for the gander.
Well, throw that one out and try out this new, updated proverb: What lowers the blood sugar of the goose may raise the blood sugar of the gander.
Not quite as catchy, we know. But scientists say that looking at foods in a highly personalized way – rather than prescribing a one-size-fits-all diet – may be the key to eating more healthfully and avoiding diabetes and obesity.
... For example, in one study subject, the researchers found that blood-sugar levels rose sharply after eating bananas but not after eating cookies. In a different participant, the exact opposite occurred. In another example, a diet high in glucose caused a rise in glucose levels in some people, while in others, blood-glucose levels spiked after they ate white bread, but not after glucose.
Segal said the results of this study supports the need "to develop personal dietary recommendations that can help prevent and treat obesity and diabetes, which are among the most severe epidemics in human history.” For the layman, that just means that you shouldn't expect a diet to work for you just because it works for your friends, or your mother, or your boss.
Bender concludes by suggesting that we visit our doctors to discover what type of diet is best for each of us. Only then will you be able to "contour and personalize your diet."