Adding Beans to The Diabetic Diet
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by N J Howell
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Question on health care and healing: I just read something about beans being good for diabetics but aren't they starches? I thought starches were not good for diabetics.
Healing Facilitation Response: Well, apparently, it depends on what type of starch you eat, as to whether it's a good addition to the diabetic diet or not. White flour products like pastas, breads, cookies and other items made with white, or refined flour, are definitely not recommended because they do raise blood sugar levels. However, there are other starchy foods that have different properties that are beneficial for diabetics, and these types of foods are called resistant starches.
Resistant Starches in the Diabetic Diet:
Which foods are resistant starches?
This is only a partial list of some of the higher ranked resistant starches but you can include most any bean and whole grain to the list although some whole grains, like barley, are surprisingly low in resistant starch rating and soy has hardly any resistant starch value.
Weight Loss Benefits of Adding Resistant Starches to the Diabetic Diet:
Important Additional Dietary Factors - Resistant Starches vs Omega 3's:
Note from Neva: Since the Gulf Oil Spill and the radiation from Fukushima have become such a concern, I am not eating Pacific caught fish at all nor Gulf of Mexico seafood. It's worth checking to see where your fish and seafood are caught these days.
FDA Allows Labeling Claims: I'm thrilled to read that the Food and Drug Administration has announced that it will allow food manufacturers to make health claims for two omega-3 fatty acids. Food labels can now state that products containing these oils might provide some protection from heart disease. This information courtesy of Science News Online
Diabetic Health Care Disclaimer: The diabetic diet you have been given by your doctor should not be deviated from without consulting your doctor first. Ask your doctor if adding more beans and whole grains is ok. The diabetes-related health care information on this page, or elsewhere on this site, is not meant to replace needed medical diagnosis or treatment. Natural diabetes remedies may be helpful in assisting the body to balance blood sugar levels and other diabetes symptoms. However, natural remedies are not being presented as a substitute for medical evaluation and consult.