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 dLife.com.
In a ASK THE EXPERTS segment on dLife.com, 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
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