People with Type 2 diabetes may be able to improve their health by eating a daily dose of beans, according to a new study.
Research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine on Oct. 22 shows that subjects who consumed one cup of beans daily for three months were able to lower their blood sugar and blood pressure from their original levels, even more than another group who ate a high-wheat fiber diet.
"People with diabetes did better in terms of blood sugar control on the bean diet versus a diet without beans, which was otherwise extremely healthy," says researcher Dr. David J.A. Jenkins, professor of medicine and nutrition at the University of Toronto and St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, said to WebMD.
That doesn't surprise me and probably shouldn't surprise you.
Beans are a form of protein which breaks down more slowly and things that break down slowly tend to keep the blood sugar more stable.
White rice, for example, breaks down quickly in the blood stream and really knocks the blood sugar around.
And whether you are diabetic or not, this is a reason to eat more beans. They also contain fiber to help keep you regular.
On rice, despite lead concerns, I offered "Wild Rice and Mushroom casserole" Friday.
I don't serve rice to my granddaughter due to lead concerns. But I am not your parent. In this case, a mother wrote and we went through what her son loved -- mushrooms -- and what he could stand -- rice and cheese. From there, we constructed the dish.
Her son is 9 years old, she is his mother. I'm not your nanny.
Nor am I your judge. If she feels comfortable serving rice to her son, that's where it starts and ends.
I really do not try to order people around here. I urge you to eat more vegetables, for example, but I don't order you around.
And if I could eat ice cream without gaining weight, I'd probably eat nothing but ice cream myself.
I love vegetables but more and more I find myself craving ice cream.
I love chocolate ribbon, I love mint chocolate, I love peppermint, I love dutch chocolate with a small bag of M&Ms (plain) stirred in. I like to watch the colors bleed into the ice cream.
I really am dreaming of ice cream these days. I miss is so much.
Miss? Thanksgiving's coming up. I try to lose two pounds a week in the lead up so that I can eat and not feel guilty. And by eat, I do mean pig. I mean have turkey and dressing and mashed potatoes and gravy and a casserole or two and some salad and fudge and pie and rolls.
So I try to lose ten pounds before Thanksgiving day each year and then I eat what I want and don't worry. I don't gain ten pounds from Thanksgiving. But that way I'm a little low going into Christmas where I also like to pig out. So my weight is generally normal come New Year's Eve. (I don't pig on New Year's Eve. I'm usually too busy hosting our party to pig out.)
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