Let’s get the usual caveats out of the way first.
- No matter who you are, fast food is never healthy.
- Whoppers and Big Macs should not be a regular part of your diet.
I am Captain Obvious, and you’re welcome!
So I literally live about 100 yards from a Burger King. I walk past it every single day, and I usually just look longingly at their huge burger pictures … and then I keep walking.
But a few days ago, they had that damn 1+1 Whopper thing going on. In Korea, “1+1” means “buy one, get one free.”
So I thought about it carefully.
I have goddam diabetes. I also have gout.
And I concluded that eating two Whoppers would be a terrible idea, so naturally I DECIDED TO EAT TWO WHOPPERS.
All right, let’s look at how I ate these two Burger King Whoppers without dying.
- For starters, I ordered the Whoppers with NO TOMATO. How much did that save me in the glucose department? I dunno! But I’m quite sure it helped at least a little.
- After getting my Whoppers, I took them home and made one more important modification: I removed the top bun and replaced it with a thick bed of iceberg lettuce. You can use whatever lettuce you want, but the point is to get rid of that huge bun!
You’re still going to get a blood sugar hit from the bottom bun and the ketchup, but this stripped-down Whopper should be much easier on your ‘beetus than if you don’t make any changes at all.
Blood sugar reading before eating: 106
This reading of 106 was on a Saturday evening. I don’t think I had taken my daily Diabex/Metformin yet.
Blood sugar reading after eating: 164
This reading was about an hour after I finished my Whopper.
An increase of 58 … from a WHOPPER! That’s totally OK in my book. But remember, it was 1+1, so I ate the other Whopper the next day.
Blood sugar reading before eating: 120
This reading of 120 was on Sunday night. I had taken my Diabex/Metformin like 7 hours earlier, so that wouldn’t have been a factor here.
Blood sugar reading after eating: 152
This reading was about an hour after I finished Whopper #2.
Holy crap! So here’s where we landed:
Whopper #1: 106 → 164 (+58 mg/dL)
Whopper #2: 120 → 152 (+32 mg/dL)
There is no question in my mind that eating a Whopper in its original form would be disastrous. After all, I once ate a BLT chicken sandwich from Burger King, and that sent my glucose through the roof.
But this Whopper seems very doable. And the same no-tomato-no-top-bun thing might also work with other Burger King sandwiches.
I definitely shouldn’t be eating more Whoppers in the future because GOUT (beef is a big no-no), but who am I kidding. I live on the edge of madness! So it might happen again at some point, but probably not for a while.