green beans do they truly help to keep low blood sugar up

Sam Stokes
By Sam Stokes Latest Reply 2014-10-23 11:29:01 -0500
Started 2009-11-19 12:56:30 -0600

A good friend of mine shared that an alternative md said 1 serving of green beans helped low blood sugar . Have any of ya'll heard about this?

11 replies

spkar 2014-10-23 11:29:01 -0500 Report

I just accidentally discovered that Green beans (aka French Beans) reduced my sugar levels drastically.
For last 3 days, I took my readings at 4 PM and my readings are 86, 92, 87 after having beans during lunch time at 11.30 AM.
Whareas my morning (fasting) sugar levels are 130 to 137 for last 3 days.
I had some wine and dinner without beans.
I am taking Metformin 1000mg twice/daily morning and night.
I will keep this forum posted with further results. I cooked beans with garlic, coconut powder, turmeric and cumin seeds along with bread made with 5 grains flour available in Indian stores. ,
added 10/28.
Now my fasting is 100 to 110, 2 hrs after meal is 125 to 130 and 4 hours after lunch is 90 to 100.
For last 3 days I stopped taking Metformin and now my readings are 95-105 fasting and 130-140 random.

cussinwolf 2009-11-20 11:11:03 -0600 Report

I have seen a few things on blogs about people saying that a small serving at bedtime helps them not to have that am BG rise. Green beans have always been considered a diabetics friend. ! cup has 27calories, 6rams carbs, 3 grams fiber and 2grams of protein not too mention a treasure of vitamins. Also has a glycemic load of only 2(low is good). Of course living here in the south I have seen people put table sugar in a lot of vegetables that they cook. I used to love to put potatoes in mine but not anymore.

June Tademy
June Tademy 2009-11-19 20:06:26 -0600 Report

I agree with Maxine, I have green beans a lot practically every night for dinner and I have not had a problem yet my guidelines from my class states we can add green beans. The most important part is to know your body, what is good for one person is not necessarily good for you. I have to test all foods, then I find out what triggers the BS and do not include that in my diet. This is a long and patient battle for us and we have to try for yourself and make the decisions also stay in touch with your doctor. Good luck

Harlen 2009-11-19 19:50:39 -0600 Report

I would not be a diabedic if that worked I eat a lot of green beens and love them
But maybe for some it works???????????

MarineMomX2 2009-11-19 19:26:28 -0600 Report

I add green beans to my lunch a couple of times a week and they haven't spiked me as yet. Wally World has vegetables like green beans, carrots, peas and corn in single servings (4 packs) in the can goods isle. They're 1/2c portions so they're easy to pop in your lunch bag, or just microwave for dinner as side servings. I've added them to soups also and they're good.

jayabee52 2009-11-19 17:17:36 -0600 Report

howdy Sam & GiGi

I had not heard that about green beans but I had about carrots

I had found a wonderful site which tells of calorie contents of various foods. I looked at the site and searched for greenbeans and got a page with many different greenbean results. They show the calorie counts for different ways of preparing them. Here's that link:

You might want to click this link: to go to their home page and then bookmark it in your browser so you can check anything they have on the site. Happy hunting!

GiGiB 2009-11-19 13:14:02 -0600 Report

I have not heard of that but it would not surprise me. Remember, foods affect people differently. Green bean cause high bg readings for me so I dont eat them. My nutritionalist told me to treat low bg's with a 1/2 cup of milk - 15 grams. I cannot do that. 1/2 cup of milk cause my bloodsugars to go to 300+. So…as they say…same disease but different body. I hope someone has heard of the greenbeans, I would be curious to know too!
GiGi :0)

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