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23 April 2014

n=1 Test Great Low Carb Bread Company "Everything" Bagel 04/22/2014

Last food or insulin 6hrs ago. Consumed with meal of one 4oz Angus beef patty, 40g Romaine, 40g tomato, 20g avocado, 15g red onion, 1 tsp French's mustard.
Injected .6u humalog insulin immediately prior to eating to cover carbs of burger ingredients (4g) plus bagel's advertised "net" carbs (2g).
BG measurements were taken with a Freestyle Freedom Lite meter that has been very consistent in the past.

Time BG
1830 103 (start)
1900 100
1930 103 (1hr)
2000 117
2030 132 (2hr)
2100 140
2130 155 (3hr)
2200 155
2230 155 (4hr)

Total rise = 52mg/dl
My glucose correction factor = 6.5mg/dl for each gram of carbohydrate
52 รท 6.5 = 8g

So, the Everything bagel actually raises my blood glucose like 10g of pure glucose (2g originally bolused for + 8g equivalent rise). This is still 30% of that of a standard 2 oz bagel. The blood sugar spike is also delayed a bit over a standard bagel. As you can see, my BG readings didn't start to climb until the 1 1/2 hr reading, then continued rising for another 1 1/2 hrs before leveling off. I am an insulin dependent diabetic, so my blood sugars will stay high for a very long time unless corrected with a bolus insulin injection.

Diabetics should take note that the delay that the GLCBC bagel has in its blood sugar spike puts it toward the end of the useful life of humalog insulin. So, if you decide to eat one of these products you should consider either: Delaying your insulin bolus, using a slower acting insulin like NPH or Regular, or, if you have a pump, try a square bolus that extends your bolus over a 4 hr period.

Also, this is NOT a gluten free product and contains a large quantity of wheat gluten and wheat flour. This is my major concern, as recent clinical trials and studies have shown that wheat (especially modern wheat) is not a healthy food for many, if not most humans, causing a myriad of health problems for us.
Weigh-in: 167.0 lb lost so far: 5.0 lb still to go: 0 lb Diet followed 100%
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20 April 2014

Weigh-in: 166.0 lb lost so far: 6.0 lb still to go: 0 lb Diet followed 100%
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18 April 2014

I tested the Great Low Carb Bread Company (GLCBC) bagel last night. Though I can't testify to the BG effect, as my basal BG's have started running berserk since my Rx for metformin ran out, I was able to test the taste. I must say, this is the best GLCBC product yet. It has wheat products in it, so it is probably wreaking havoc on my body, but it truly is an amazing product for a LC (2g net carbs) bagel. Same chewy texture of a regular high carb version, but not as tough. It chews more like a fresh bagel, if you've ever had one of those (I used to get them at the Western Bagel bakery while still warm from the oven and eat a whole dozen in a matter of hours). I used it as a hamburger bun with my standard patty and veggies recipe. The items I have (1/2 doz for $8) are the "Everything Bagels" and they are fantastic. I sure hope that when I have a chance to n=1 trial them that they will result in a true 2g carb load as advertised. Also, I hope they don't induce any wheat related problems with inflammation and other grain related maladies. I'm not holding my breath on that last one, knowing what I know about the evils of modern wheat. Anyhow, as soon as I get my Rx refilled and get my BG's back under control, I'll do a single cohort clinical trial of this item and report back. Just wanted y'all to know how delicious they are.

18 April 2014

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17 April 2014

OK, my latest n=1, one cohort clinical trial is complete. This one was for the Great Low Carb Bread Company's Paleo Cinnamon Muffin.

It's funny calling it a muffin, because, for me, it conjures up an image of the massive Costco muffins I used to devour in my fat SAD days. It is not anything like that. If you know what mini muffins are, that is what it is like. At 2 ounces, it should have been obvious to me. But that is beside the point for this trial.

As per my usual modus operandi, I waited until all food and bolus insulin was out of my system (5.5 hrs in this case). I recorded my blood glucose with my Freedom Lite meter and my continuous glucose monitor on my Medtronic 722 at the start and every 30 minutes for 3 hrs (when my BG began to decline). In this case I took no bolus insulin. Here are the results of that trial:

Time BG
1315 73
1345 76
1415 66
1445 64
1515 65
1545 61
1615 62

In short, there was no significant increase in my blood glucose during the 3 hr test. In fact, I had a net decrease in BG by the end of the test. I'll repeat this n=1 several times before making any definitive conclusions. But my preliminary impression is that this product does not raise (my) BG. The net dietary carbs of 3g that the label advertises should raise my BG by around 20 mg/dl. I will need further testing to see if the decrease I recorded was due to the product (possibly the Erythritol or Inulin) or some other factor. There are a lot of ingredients listed on the label, so I'm not sure how it could qualify as "Paleo," but that is up to the individual to decide.

Egg Whites
Organic Coconut Flour
Almond Flour
Organic Golden Faxseed Meal
Organic Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil
Baking Soda
Sea Salt

Calories = 135
Fat = 10g
Sat Fat = 3g
Protein = 12g
Sodium = 70mg
Total carbs = 13g
Fiber = 7g
Erythritol = 3g
Net Dietary Carbs = 3g

As far as taste goes, I found this product to be moist and not at all crumbly like many gluten free items I have tried before. There is a definite taste of egg whites, which is not unexpected or unpleasant, just different from conventional muffins. There is a coconut taste and texture but little if any cinnamon taste. Mouth feel is good and it is remarkably filling, probably due to the high protein content. My only concern is the use of Erythritol and Inulin. I don't like the addition of these un-natural ingredients, but I do understand why bakers use them. I probably won't make them a part of my regular diet. It is up to the individual if it is worth $2.50 each for a smidgen of simulated muffin.

I also have some GLCBC low carb bagels and rolls that I will n=1 test and report on today or in the near future. They are not gluten free, so I am a bit dubious about subjecting my body the assault of wheat. This could get ugly.
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