Pulses such as lentils, chick peas, peas and beans are low-fat, high in fiber and have no cholesterol. They are also low on the Glycemic Index which means they are great food to help people struggling to manage their type 2 diabetes.
People who have diabetes are recommended to eat a diet that is about 50 to 60% energy which they get from carbohydrates in fruit and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat milk. Pulses are very healthy to eat as the effect they have on your blood sugar level is not as much as other foods that have carbs in them.
One study tested theories related to pulses. The diabetics they selected had a meal which included dried peas. Their blood sugar levels were tested three hours later. Then they had a meal with potatoes instead of the peas and their blood sugar and insulin levels were higher when tested for the second time.
The second test was on two groups. One group had a wheat-based meal and the other had chickpeas as part of their meal. Again the blood sugar and insulin levels were lower in the first group so this was positive news for those researchers.
Eating foods low on the Glycemic Index will help you better control your blood sugar; of course, pulses are not the only food you should eat. However, as there are numerous varieties, you can eat them without getting sick of them as easily as some other foods.
Pulses are also helpful in decreasing blood fats which can help prevent certain serious complications related to Type 2 diabetes. They're often called the "poor man's food because it's easy to make a meal with them and they're inexpensive, so an ample supply is easy to keep in your cupboard.
Pulses can decrease the risk of heart disease by around 20% and if you eat 150 grams per day, you're helping to keep your body in good health. If you make pulses a regular part of your diet, it's possible you can shed some of the extra weight you have been carrying because this doesn't seem like a diet. It's merely improving the quality of the food you eat.
Eating some pulses can not only affect your blood sugar straightaway but they have also been known to continue affecting them up to four hours later, or even up to the next morning if they were part of your meal the previous evening.
When making changes to your eating plan, it's recommended you speak to your doctor because there may be unknown side effects you couldn't predict because you're not a health professional. However, there's nothing to stop you from asking about eating pulses to help improve your blood sugar and overall health.
You certainly can't go wrong with eating your fill of the various kinds of pulses. There's sure to be some you like to eat, so why not make them a regular part of your diet?
Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. It need not slowly and inevitably get worse. You can take control of the disease... and take back your health. Adding pulses to your eating plan will help.
For nearly 25 years Beverleigh Piepers has searched for and found a number of secrets to help you build a healthy body.
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