Not all that long ago, I wrote a whole thing about Taco Bell and how bad it is for you. More specifically, those flour tortillas they use are definitely NOT friendly to your goddam diabetes.
But when I did that Taco Bell test, the crunchy hard shell tacos seemed like they had much less of an impact on the glucose.
Those tacos yielded some weird results: I ate two hard shell tacos, and my blood sugar went down. That happens sometimes, but at least it didn’t go up.
So, in the name of science, and also because I just can’t quit Taco Bell, I went back for another round!
This time, I skipped the flour tortillas entirely. Instead, I ordered:
- (2) hard shell tacos
- (1) carnitas burrito bowl
I dunno if they have the carnitas burrito bowl in the US or elsewhere, but I imagine all Taco Bells worldwide will have something similar.
The one mistake I made was forgetting to tell them to skip the rice in the burrito bowl! Rice is not bueno. But no big deal, I just ate around it.
Blood sugar reading before eating: 123
This reading of 123 was about three hours after eating lunch. I hadn’t taken my Diabex/Metformin yet.
Blood sugar reading after eating: 182
This reading was about an hour after I finished my tacos and burrito bowl.
This lil’ Taco Bell fiesta, sans flour tortillas of any kind, was pretty ‘beetus-friendly! By itself, 182 is not a great number, but I started a bit higher than I usually do.
The total increase was only 59 mg/dL. To steal a phrase from The Ronimal in that movie Cedar Rapids, +59 is N.T.S. Not too shabby!
This doesn’t mean that Taco Bell is suddenly “good for you.” But if you’re craving it, maybe you can do OK by sticking to low-carb things that are free of flour and rice.
Do your own test and see what happens!