This post is part of a series where I test my glucose response 1-hour & 2-hours after eating. I standardize the results as much as possible with the following rules:

Measure baseline glucose between 10 AM – 12 PM
No food for 12+ hours before the test
Allowed to drink 1 coffee & ~30 oz. of water
Eat 300 calories of one whole food
Measure blood sugar after 1-hour
Measure blood sugar after 2-hour

In the future I plan to vary the tests by eating meals or combining foods.

Click here to see all glucose tests, and read this article for my results!

The 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.

Below is the macronutrient breakdown for this test:

Nutrition Facts

1 servings per container

Serving Size77g

  • Amount Per ServingCalories300
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 4g 7%
    • Saturated Fat 0g 0%
  • Sodium 20mg 1%
  • Total Carbohydrate 53g 18%
    • Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
    • Sugars 0g
  • Protein 12g 24%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

    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.

    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

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