Why do we ask you to eat our famous muffins?
We give you muffins so that we can see how your body responds to specific ingredients at a set time. By having everybody eat the same muffins it’s easier for us to compare your blood sugar and fat control to other people.
Your kit includes two types of muffin. A “metabolic challenge” which is high in both sugars and fats. As well as “US average” which mimics an average US meal.
What do the blood tests measure?
Finger prick blood tests help us understand how key biomarker levels change in response to the muffin meals you eat. The biomarkers we measure include: glucose, Hba1c, and fats (triglycerides, LDL, HDL, total cholesterol, and HDL ratio).
We measure these biomarkers before (0 hours, fasted), during (30 minutes after breakfast) and after (6 hours after breakfast) your muffins.
What does the blood sugar monitor do?
The blood sugar monitor automatically checks your blood sugar levels every 15 minutes. It allows us to get a much more accurate picture of your blood sugar control than with finger prick blood tests alone.
We will use the monitor to collect data on your body’s response to the muffins as well as your overall blood sugar responses from the testing period. We’ll combine this data with your finger prick blood tests to calculate your blood sugar control.
Your blood sugar is one of the measures used to calculate your personalized food scores. Individual responses to food are affected by many factors, such as how you slept, your exercise, your previous meal, stress levels, the time you ate the meal etc. For these reasons, we predict your blood sugar response to a meal by taking into account your overall blood sugar responses from the testing period, use the nutritional characteristics of the meal, and we do not include in the prediction the effects of other factors that may affect it (such as your sleep, exercise, prior meals etc). We then provide a blood sugar score by comparing the blood sugar response to those of meals with similar calories.
To give you the most accurate prediction and score to the meals you logged during the testing period, we do not yet adjust our predictions to the specific observed responses to each meal during testing, as responses may have been affected by the other factors.
As more and more people participate in our studies and product, we expect to be able to use this data to untangle more of this complexity and further improve and personalize our predictions for you to all meals, as well as those you logged, and include in our predictions the effects of factors such as sleep and exercise.