Are Beans Good For Blood Sugar?

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Are Black Beans Safe For Diabetics?

Q. I noticed that black beans are high in carbohydrates and was wondering whether they were safe for a diabetic to consume. Also, where can I buy high quality black beans? A. Beans, including black beans, do contain carbohydrates, but they also contain a significant amount of dietary fiber, protein, and other nutrients that result in a relatively low glycemic index rating. Foods with low glycemic index values are better choices for stabilizing blood sugar than foods with high glycemic index values, and most healthcare practitioners would support the inclusion of low glycemic index foods in the meal plan of a person with diabetes. Relatively high glycemic index foods have ratings above 50, and often between 75-100. Most beans have glycemic index values in the 20-50 range. As you can see, that places them on the bottom half of the glycemic index rating system. For more information on glycemic index see our article on that subject. Should you have specific questions as to whether black beans are supportive of your individual health, we suggest that you ask your healthcare practitioner. It's fairly easy to find uncooked, dry black beans at most supermarkets. However, unless those beans Continue reading >>

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  1. Sam Stokes

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

    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?

  2. spkar

    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.

  3. cussinwolf

    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.

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