Beans for a Healthy Heart
A new study has confirmed information thatmany nutritionists and health professionals have been advocating for many years, that beans within your diet can help maintain a healthy heart. The study has found that people with type-2 diabetes should eat morebeans, lentils and pulses to help control blood sugar levels and reduce therisk of heart disease.
Eating more foods such as chickpeas, kidney beans, peas, puy lentils, masoor lentils and haricot beans can reduce the risk of heart disease as they have a low glycaemic index (GI).
The study which was led by Dr David Jenkins at St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto said, “Legume consumption of approximately 190g per day (a cupful) seems to contribute usefully to a low-GI diet and reduce CHD (coronary heart disease) risk through a reduction in blood pressure.”
Dr Jenkins continued, “These findings linking legume consumption to both improved glycaemic control and reduced CHD risk are particularly important because type-2 diabetes is increasing most rapidly in the urban environments of populations in which bean intake has traditionally been high.”
This is good news for many people from South East Asia, who generally have a higher incidence of type 2 diabetes. The Indian diet incorporates many lentils and beans, and these foods should be encouraged in as part of the daily diet. People with type 2 diabetes need to eat low amounts of refined carbohydrates such as white rice and white bread.Brown rice is a good alternative as it also has a lower glycaemic index.