Are Canned Beans Good For Diabetics?

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Are Canned Beans Healthy?

Unfortunately, canned beans are often full of sodium – about 500 milligrams per half-cup serving. It would be real tough to stay within the American Heart Association and Pritikin Eating Plan’s guidelines of no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium for the entire day if you were blowing one-third of your quota on one small half-cup of salted beans. So look for no-salt-added varieties. Hearteningly, there are many brands now in supermarkets, including Del Monte, Eden Organic, Goya, 365, and many store brands. Read the Ingredient List to see if sodium or salt has been added. Read the Nutrition Facts label to see how much sodium, per serving, the beans contain. And do keep eating your beans, also called legumes, such as garbanzos (chickpeas), pintos, black beans, red beans, lentils, soybeans, and split peas. They are a super-rich source of nutrition, notably cholesterol-lowering fiber. Cheerios vs beans On TV commercials, you’ve likely heard that Cheerios’ fiber “can help lower cholesterol.” But what these commercials don’t tell you is that you’d need to eat 3 cups of Cheerios each day to get any cholesterol-lowering effect. Per cup, Cheerios has 2.6 grams of fiber. Per Continue reading >>

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  1. WilliamEE

    Are canned beans such as Cannellini, Kidney Beans, Butters, etc OK for a low carb diet.
    I have read some conflicting information around the internet.
    Ditto fresh green peas.

  2. gorillamark

    Try the information from this page:
    List of Beans and Other Nutritious Legumes
    Note the warning on the page:
    Avoid: Beans canned with sugars or lard.​
    As a general point if you use canned beans with sauce and that includes chili beans you'll probably get a fair bit of sugar this is particularly true of the cheaper brands. You can undo a lot of the damage by just rinsing all the sauce off leaving you with the plain beans.
    If you have a meter test like mad as different beans will hit your BG with varying degrees of severity ranging from "oh good I can eat lots " to"avoid these ones like the plague".

  3. Bluetit1802

    I would read the nutrition label on the cans, taking note of the total carbs amount.

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