The banana and apple. Both are fruits but are they also both equally healthy? When you peak on a banana, will you also peak on an apple?
Over the past year, we have been able to help many people by maintaining their glucose levels. Because Clear participants have registered their meals and blood glucose on a daily basis, a lot of data is available. This allows us to test the knowledge of science against our own data in order to advise our participants even better in the future. In a previous blog we gave you insight into the average response to a banana. In this blog, we look at whether this reaction can automatically provide insight into how you react to an apple.

Our blood glucose peak after eating an apple

In a previous blog we saw that people generally show increased glucose levels after eating a banana. We also saw that there are different reactions. In this blog, we want to show you the following: if you know someone’s reaction to a banana, you cannot automatically estimate what the reaction to an apple will be. The graph below shows the average difference in blood sugar in the 30 minutes before intake, up to 2 hours after eating an apple. This average response to an apple is considered a good response and is even better than the average response to a banana!

Difference in glucose response

Does this mean everyone reacts that way to an apple? No, it does not. We see that there are generally 2 different reactions among the participants. We also call the associated response of a group of people a “cluster response”. In the graph below you see a group that does (orange) and hardly (black) peaks on an apple.

What does your reaction to an apple say about the banana?

When you peak on a banana, will you also peak on an apple? We can view this by comparing your reaction to an apple and a banana. If we cluster responses from both the banana and the apple, we see different groups: a group that peaks on both (orange), one that does peak on the banana and less on the apple (black) and a group that does not peak on either (gray). We can see that if you peak on a banana (black or red) that does not mean that you peak on an apple. You can have a peak on an apple (orange) or not (black). The reaction to food is therefore complex! 

The best way to discover how you respond to your food is by testing this with Clear!

Thanks for reading and see you next nutritional fact!

Team Clear