Food combining became a cultural fascination in the 70’s and 80’s; first as a possible diet breakthrough, then as pseudoscience. Now a new study is suggesting that the order in which we consume foods might affect whether our bodies use them efficiently or inefficiently. It turns out that eating protein and fat before carbohydrates—without eliminating or even reducing carb consumption—may lower blood sugar. This finding occurred among a small group of type-2 diabetics, but the research could be applicable to a much larger population, as controlling insulin benefits pretty much everyone. Your cells need insulin but excess amounts of it will convert into fat. So going for that protein shake or chicken breast before the bowl of pasta may be a good idea, especially if you're looking to drop a couple pounds. Have you ever tried food combining? Do you think you could stick to a plan that dictated the order in which you ate things, rather than what you ate? Sound off in the comments.