Blood Glucose Response Test – Quinoa

quinoa-bobs-red-mill-glucoseThe positive of these glucose tests is that I’m using up carb-heavy foods in the name of science, clearing out my cabinets and creating room for more keto-friendly foods.

With that in mind, today’s glucose response test is Bob’s Red Mill Organic Whole Grain Quinoa which I bought nearly a year ago.

The macros for this experiment were remarkably similar to that of the steel cut oats, so I was expecting the response to be about the same.

That was the case, with the 1-hour and 2-hour responses being nearly identical between both foods. My baseline measurement before eating the Quinoa was 10 mg/dL lower than with the oats, so in relative terms the Quinoa spiked my blood sugar more.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 77
Servings Per Container 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories 300 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 20mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 18%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 0g
Protein 12g 24%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Looking at the nutrition, it contains a bit less fat and fiber compared to the oats, which might explain this difference.

Either way, my long-term experiment will continue next week, perhaps with chocolate or a more carbohydrate rich food if I’m feeling up to it!

Here are the results:

  • Date: 9/16/2016
  • Food: Organic Quinoa
  • Fast: ~12 hours
  • Base Blood Sugar: 80 mg/dL
  • 1-Hour Response: 116 mg/dL
  • 2 Hour Response: 100 mg/dL