Pooja Makhija, a nutritionist, demonstrates how to properly eat your meals.

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Pooja Makhija, a nutritionist, demonstrates how to properly eat your meals.

Pooja Makhija, a nutritionist, posted on Instagram about a study and the proper way to eat your meal.

We’ve always been told that eating healthy foods is perhaps the most important aspect of staying fit, and experts all over the world have explained the benefits of a well-balanced diet and adequate exercise.

But did you know that the order in which you eat the foods on your plate can affect your health? Nutritionist Pooja Makhija explained why you should eat your vegetables and proteins first, followed by carbs, in her Instagram Reels.

The nutritionist is seen in the Instagram Reels with a plate full of various foods that go into making a balanced meal.

Pooja Makhija’s plate includes chopped vegetables such as tomatoes and greens, chapati, and bowls of dal, rice, and two curries. Pooja explained that the order in which you eat these foods, or rather put them into your mouth, can affect your ageing, body weight, and hormones.

(Also see: Carbs Aren’t Always Bad: 5 Grains to Include in Your Rotis)

Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, NY, discovered that the order in which different types of food are consumed has a significant impact on post-meal glucose and insulin levels in obese people, according to a new study.

She goes on to say that when vegetables and protein were consumed first, glucose levels were found to be 29%, 37%, and 17% lower at the 30, 60, and 120-minute checks, respectively, than when carbohydrates were consumed first.

In addition, when the participants ate vegetables and protein first, their insulin levels were significantly lower.

“We are in a way putting on some clothes on carbs,” she says, referring to the practice of eating vegetables and protein first.

By first using fiber to slow gastric emptying and thus reduce sugar spikes, we are flattening the glucose-insulin curve.”

Better hormonal balance, improved fertility, reduced cravings, better skin, reduced inflammations, slower ageing, and reduced disease risk are all benefits of doing so, according to Pooja.

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