Nutrition 1 MIN READ

Taco Troubles: The Link to Glucose Spikes

Written by Team Ultrahuman

Nov 01, 2022

Tacos are a popular Mexican dish made of tortillas, meat, vegetables, and cheese. Some of these ingredients, such as refined carbohydrates found in flour tortillas and rice, can cause a rapid spike in blood sugar levels. Also, cheese, sour cream, and salsa can add extra calories and sugar, leading to glucose fluctuations. Knowing how taco ingredients affect glucose metabolism is crucial for managing blood sugar levels and overall health.

Optimising Your Taco for Glucose Control
• Choose a soft taco shell instead of a crispy one to reduce the glycemic load.
• Load up on protein-rich fillings, such as grilled chicken or fish, to slow down the absorption of glucose.
• Try adding plenty of non-starchy vegetables like lettuce, tomatoes, and onions to increase fibre and nutrient intake.
• Consider using guacamole or salsa as a healthier alternative to sour cream or cheese.
• Use spices and herbs like cumin, oregano, and cilantro to enhance flavour without adding extra calories or sugar.

Tacos typically contain high amounts of refined carbohydrates, such as flour tortillas and rice. These carbs are quickly broken down into glucose, leading to rapid spikes in blood sugar levels. In addition, taco toppings such as cheese and sour cream can add extra calories and sugar. This can further contribute to glucose fluctuations. It can have negative implications for glucose metabolism and overall health.

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