Good Carbs

By AuntieM234 Latest Reply 2011-07-29 03:43:02 -0500
Started 2011-07-26 17:28:24 -0500

On more than one occasion here on DC, I've touted Beans and other Legumes as being good foods for a Diabetic diet. On just as many occasions, I've seen where someone has dissed them for their carb content. Since I'm not an expert on nutrition, I haven't presumed to qualify myself as such. Rather, I've decided to bring one source up for discussion of the Good Carbs. I have others, but I'll stick with this one, since it came from

In a ASK THE EXPERTS segment on, I came upon the following
QUESTION: "Are green peas, kidney beans, black eyed peas, navy beans OK to eat in a low carb diet?"—Followed by this

ANSWER: "Beans and legumes are so good for you it is well worth the effort to figure out how to fit them into your eating plan. First, remember that these are generally high-fiber foods, and most experts say you can subtract half the grams of fiber from the total carb count of these foods. Count the carbs*, keep portions small, and test your blood sugar 90 minutes after you start eating — this way, you'll know your individual blood sugar reaction to the food."
Answered By: Lynn Prowitt-Smith—Senior Editor, Food and Nutrition
(*Be sure to remember that canned items will always have more sodium and carbs/sugars, so the ones you soak and cook from dry product are the ones in question for the purposes of this discussion.—This is added by me, and is not a part of the quoted source.)
Okay now, your replies are welcome, of course. Which ones have/have not worked for you? ;-) Mara

29 replies

nursepat1 2011-07-28 08:07:51 -0500 Report

I'm not a nutritionist either, but I am a nurse and I learned that you shouldn't cut out carbs completely. The key is to choose high QUALITY carbs; you know, the ones with lots of fiber and vitamins and minerals. Vegetables and WHOLE GRAINS are the best choice. Protein is great and is neccessary, but can not supply all of the nutrients that the body needs. You still need to keep up with BS, but these things are miles ahead of anything highly processed. Eat foods as close to the way GOD made them; He designed us and the foods that we need for optimum health.

MrsCDogg 2011-07-28 10:37:13 -0500 Report

I agree! I'm better off if I eat things like beans from time to time. I get a small spike in BG but then it goes down to below what it was before I ate. Besides, they taste really good! I just cooked a pot day before yesterday! Yum, added an onion, some turkey bacon and light butter. They were sooo good!

CaliKo 2011-07-27 17:44:41 -0500 Report

Hi AuntieM234,
I also work beans into my diet regularly. It is important to get the good carbs, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and selected fruits. I more often choose beans or corn and maybe a slice of melon with my meal and turn down the potatoes, rice and rolls. I know sweet potatoes are included sometimes, and brown rice, and whole grain rolls, but not at every meal. Fruits are also high in carbs, but I have a couple of servings a day, common choices are blueberries, melons, strawberries, pears, and the small clementine oranges. Fiber from fruit is important, too. I don't try to get my carb count as low as possible, I try to keep it as high as I can as long as my glucose readings are in target ranges. It means spreading the carbs out in three meals and three snacks. And it means sticking to the correct portions. I know we are all different in how many carbs our bodies will process, but we need our nutrients to remain healthy.

grandmaducky 2011-07-27 15:24:45 -0500 Report

i do low carb and don't eat beans because for me to lose weight i have to go really low carb only about 20-30 a day so beans have to many but i do love them if i could get my weight down where i want 160 i would eat some beans but thats is just me

AuntieM234 2011-07-27 15:35:33 -0500 Report

Hello Ducky: Just be careful on the low carb stuff. The complex carbs contain amino acids essential for your body to function properly. ;-) Mara

JoleneAL 2011-07-27 08:07:16 -0500 Report

Hubby loves black eyed peas and I stomach them on New Years Day only - otherwise, I'd just rather not bother.

AuntieM234 2011-07-27 08:46:36 -0500 Report

Jolene: Thanks for your reply. Black eyed peas are one of my very favorites! I could eat them every day, but of course I can't. ;-) Mara

Dixiemom 2011-07-26 19:23:46 -0500 Report

My husband prefers to eat vegetarian so the bulk of my cooking is all kinds of beans, plus most vegetables and fruit., I do use the morning star products in place of meat Beans are known as complex carbs. I also saw some recipes for a pie or cake made with 1/2 whole wheat flour and all purpose unbleached flour. Haven't tried it yet as it's too hot to bake but I will. Barley and Quinoa are also good. I still have to master the aert of cooking quinoa.

AuntieM234 2011-07-26 19:48:19 -0500 Report

Yes, the beans and other legumes are on the list of complex carbs, but I chose to use their other name, good carbs, for the purposes of this particular discussion. This discussion is intended to weigh the relative merits of including the beans and other legumes in our diets. I would like to know about the morning star products. I've never heard of them. Are they vegetarian products? Thanks for your input, but please share some more about the morning star products. ;-) Mara
PS: My daughter uses the quinoa, I'll see if she has any recipes, but she's not home now.

Dixiemom 2011-07-26 20:38:08 -0500 Report

Morning star products are madse by Worthingtom Foods. You will find them in the freezer section of your grocery stoee. They have links and sausage patties, all vegetarian. We use these for breakfast at least 2x week. I prefer them over turkey sausage. They have several different burger products also and just came out with a California turkey burger. I put mine on a whole wheat tortilla with lettuce, tomatoe and pickle, beats a regular burgewr for me,

AuntieM234 2011-07-29 03:43:02 -0500 Report

Thanks, Tab! Its always welcome to hear good things about products from more than one source. Hey, maybe the two of you should get together, split the list of Morning Star prducts and begin reviewing each and every one of the products on the list. ;-) Mara

AuntieM234 2011-07-26 21:46:55 -0500 Report

Hey Dixie! Thanks for the info. I intend to point myself in that direction the next time I'm in the market! Oh, btw, have you tried the double fiber whole wheat tortillas? ;-)

MoeGig 2011-07-26 18:35:59 -0500 Report

A small amount is fine, I suppose; but, I just finished a stir fried garden pepper, onion, okra, garlic and boiled ham in a skillet with olive oil and butter; and, it was delicious with a glass of Barefoot Shiraz…BTW…hardly any carbs…:>)

AuntieM234 2011-07-26 18:52:08 -0500 Report

Hey Moe! That sounds delicious to me, as well! Except for the okra, of course. I know its good for you, but I haven't been able to stomach it. Thanks for your input. ;-) Mara

MoeGig 2011-07-26 18:55:04 -0500 Report

Try frying it in olive oil…it makes it taste different.

AuntieM234 2011-07-26 19:03:20 -0500 Report

Oh Moe, I know this is going to make me sound like a finicky eater, but I'm really not. Its that slimy gunk inside the okra that makes me unable to get it past my lips to even taste it. ;-) M

MrsCDogg 2011-07-28 10:41:32 -0500 Report

Had an aunt who said the same thing about pickled green beans. She could get them on a fork and get them to her lips but she couldn't get them in her mouth…lol

AuntieM234 2011-07-28 19:15:27 -0500 Report

Yeah right! Funny guy! Lol! Actually, when I was just a little girl, I had to help pick okra out of the family garden, then help clean, cut and prepare it for cooking. Every time I cut okra, I would gag at having to handle the slimey stuff. I refused to put any of it in my mouth! I have no idea how I got away with it, though, as our parents were always pretty strict about my six siblings and I eating what was put on the table. Gosh, James, thanks for your input! ;-) Mara

shoulders 2011-07-26 18:12:20 -0500 Report

Hello AuntieM234; I thought type 2 Diabetics were only allowed 1/4 cup of dried beans due to the carb. count. And remember no pork fat for flavoring, adds more fat and carb.

AuntieM234 2011-07-26 18:23:32 -0500 Report

I believe I use 1/2 cup, but I'm out of town for a week and left that info at home.
:-( You are correct, of course, you have to be careful how you season. Thanks for your reply shoulders! ;-) Mara

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