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Lentils Nutrition: Calories, Carbs, And Health Benefits

Lentils Nutrition: Calories, Carbs, And Health Benefits

Malia Frey is a weight loss expert, certified health coach, weight management specialist, personal trainer, and fitness nutrition specialist. Richard N. Fogoros, MD, is a retired professor of medicine and board-certified internal medicine physician and cardiologist. He is Verywell's Senior Medical Advisor. Lentils are an inexpensive, versatile, easy-to-find source of healthy carbohydrates. Thesedisc-shaped pulses make a nutritious base for soups, salads, and a variety of other dishes. A pulse is the seed of a legume . There are different sizes and different types of lentils. You're likely to find green lentils or brown lentils on local grocery store shelves, but there are also lentil varieties including split red lentils, orange, red, yellow, and black lentils. Lentils' impressive nutrition facts, long shelf-life, and easy cooking make them a smart and healthy addition to any diet. The following nutrition information is provided by the USDAfor 1/2 cup(125ml) of cooked lentils with no added fat or salt. Lentils provide a healthy dose of complex carbohydrates . There are 9 grams of starch in a single serving of lentils, which provides the body with quick energy. In addition, you'll benefit from 8 grams of fiber when you consume a half cup of lentils. Fiber helps to stabilize blood sugar, boost satiety, and improve digestive health. Lastly, lentils provide 2 grams of naturally-occurring sugar. Lentils have a glycemic index (GI) of about 35, although the number varies slightly depending on the type of lentiland whether or not they are cooked. As a reference, foods with a GI of 55 or below are considered low glycemic foods. All lentils are considered low glycemic foods. There is no fat in lentils, which makes them a naturally fat-free food. While some nutrition experts caut Continue reading >>

Using Lentils To Help Manage Type 2 Diabetes

Using Lentils To Help Manage Type 2 Diabetes

November is Diabetes Month in Canada, and November 14 is World Diabetes Day. That means it’s a great time to talk about how a diet rich in legumes – including lentils – can help regulate blood sugar and improve glycemic control, both important factors in managing type 2 diabetes. It’s been known for some time that both high-fibre foods and legumes are important components of a diabetes diet because of their low glycemic index (GI) – a measurement of a food’s impact on blood sugar. Most diabetics have probably already been told to eat more whole grains and legumes. But until recently, there was little hard evidence of the actual impact of these dietary changes on the long-term management of diabetes. University of Toronto researchers decided to find out exactly how much high-fibre and high-legume diets could benefit those with type 2 diabetes. They divided a group of 121 type 2 diabetes patients and had half of them add a cup of legumes to their diet each day, while the other half consumed whole-wheat foods. Researchers measured the impact on blood sugar and blood pressure. Their results, published online in October by the scientific journal Archives of Internal Medicine, showed that HbA1c (hemoglobin A1c), a measure of blood sugar, was reduced for both groups, with the high-legume group seeing a larger drop. The high-legume group also saw a much larger drop in blood pressure than the high-fibre group, indicating that a high-legume diet may also help type 2 diabetes patients ward off heart disease. The great news here is that it’s incredibly easy to incorporate more legumes into your diet. Lentils are much easier to prepare than beans because they require no pre-soaking, and they work well in many different kinds of dishes. 7 Easy Ways to Add Lentils to You Continue reading >>

How Many Carbs Do You Get From Nuts, Beans, And Lentils?

How Many Carbs Do You Get From Nuts, Beans, And Lentils?

You are here: Home Forums 5:2 BSD how many carbs do you get from nuts, beans, and lentils? how many carbs do you get from nuts, beans, and lentils? Viewing 4 posts - 1 through 4 (of 4 total) This is my second day and I am trying to get my carbs from nuts and beans and lentils, but I am uncertain how much you get from like 2 tbsps of nuts or 1/2 lentils. I am a type 2 diabetic and I want to make sure that I get enough. thanks for any help! I use the fatsecret app and that allows you calculate carbs etc in cups, grams, ounces etc and is really good. Lots of people use myfitnesspal but I just couldnt get to grips with it! Think you may just have to watch the calories with nuts. Very good for you but only in small portions! Yes, try an app I do manage with MyFitnessPal, which I find helpful it shows you all sorts of interesting things about the makeup of the food. If you can keep your grams of carbs under 50g per day, that does help with weight loss. Re nuts just to let you know, its not the carbs which are the problem but the calories. For instance 25g of mixed nuts (which is not really a lot,probably c 20 22 nuts) is 166 calories, 1 carb, 16g fat. The fat isnt a problem, on BSD full fat is good and it fills you up. But if youve only got 800 calories to play with, do use nuts in moderation!! Thank you and Ill try it. Sometimes things are difficult to get hold of in Thailand. Continue reading >>

Can Chickpeas And Lentils Help Control Diabetes?

Can Chickpeas And Lentils Help Control Diabetes?

They’re a common part of traditional diets in India and Latin America, but in western repasts, legumes or pulses — that’s lentils, dried beans, and chick peas — have generally been a culinary afterthought. That may soon change, however, thanks to new research suggesting legumes alone can improve the health of diabetics. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicines, was funded in part by an association of legume farmers and confirms that simply changing what they eat can help diabetics reduce some of their symptoms, as well as lower their risk of heart disease — in as little as a few months. MORE: Guide: The 31 Healthiest Foods of All Time (With Recipes) Starting in 2010, researchers in Toronto, Canada, enrolled 121 patients with Type II diabetes and tested their blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and more. Roughly half of the study participants were randomly selected to add a cup of legumes per day to their diet. The other half were told to try to eat more whole-wheat products. After three months, the patients were tested again on the same measures. Both the legume-eaters and the whole-wheat-eaters saw a reduction in their hemoglobin A1c values — a marker of average blood sugar, for a period of several weeks. But that reduction was slightly larger among the legume group than among the whole-what group: 0.5% compared to 0.3%. And while those changes may seem small, the study authors say that drops of this magnitude are “therapeutically meaningful,” and can lead to fewer diabetic symptoms as well as lower doses of medication to control blood sugar levels. The legume-eaters also achieved modest reductions in body weight relative to the wheat group, losing an average of 5.9 lbs compared to 4.4 lbs, as well as drops in total choles Continue reading >>

How To Start A Low-carb Diabetes Diet

How To Start A Low-carb Diabetes Diet

There is strong evidence that eating fewer carbohydrates helps improve blood sugars. This makes sense intuitively: carbohydrates are broken down by the body into sugar, directly leading to high blood sugars. Eat fewer carbohydrates and you will typically end up with less sugar in your blood. For those with type 2 diabetes or are newly diagnosed with type 1, fewer carbohydrates mean that your body’s natural insulin production will have an easier time processing your blood sugars. If you take insulin, you will have a much easier time taking the appropriate amount of insulin. Before you start a low-carbohydrate diet, talk with your healthcare provider. If you are taking blood sugar-lowering medications, then eating fewer carbohydrates without lowering your medication dosage may cause dangerous low blood sugars. There are studies that show that people with diabetes can achieve success on both low-carbohydrate and high-carbohydrate diets. Those pursuing high-carb diets are often primarily eating more vegetarian or vegan diets that are high in complex carbohydrates and fiber. They are also frequently athletes who burn large amounts of sugar during exercise. We will look at other dietary approaches in a future article. If you would like to dive into the research on low-carb diets for diabetes, please skip to the last section in this article. Also, be sure to read Key Facts About Carbohydrates Everyone with Diabetes Should Know. What Is a Low-Carb Diet? There are many different ways to define and follow a low-carb diet. In this article, we are generally looking at people who wish to eat fewer carbohydrates than they are currently eating. There is no one way to follow a low-carb diet. Generally, people try different amounts of carbohydrates until they reach an amount per day t Continue reading >>

A Guide To Healthy Low-carb Eating With Diabetes

A Guide To Healthy Low-carb Eating With Diabetes

Diabetes is a chronic disease that has reached epidemic proportions. It currently affects over 400 million people worldwide (1). Although diabetes is a complicated disease, maintaining good blood sugar control can greatly reduce the risk of complications (2, 3). One of the ways to achieve better blood sugar levels is to follow a low-carb diet. This article provides a detailed overview of low-carb diets for managing diabetes. If you have diabetes, your body cannot process carbohydrates effectively. Normally, when you eat carbs, they are broken down into small units of glucose, which end up as blood sugar. When blood sugar levels go up, the pancreas responds by producing the hormone insulin. This hormone allows the blood sugar to enter cells. In healthy people, blood sugar levels remain within a narrow range throughout the day. In diabetes, however, this system doesn't work the way it is supposed to. This is a big problem, because having both too high and too low blood sugar levels can cause severe harm. There are several types of diabetes, but the two most common ones are type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Both of these conditions can be diagnosed at any age. In type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune process destroys the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. Diabetics must inject insulin several times a day to ensure that glucose gets into the cells and stays at a healthy level in the bloodstream (4). In type 2 diabetes, the beta cells at first produce enough insulin, but the body's cells are resistant to its action, so blood sugar remains high. To compensate, the pancreas produces more insulin, attempting to bring blood sugar down. Over time, the beta cells lose their ability to produce enough insulin (5). Of the three nutrients -- protein, carbs and fat -- carbs have the grea Continue reading >>

Are Lentils Good For Blood Sugar?

Are Lentils Good For Blood Sugar?

Lentils provide essential nutrients including protein, fiber, B vitamins, iron, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc. Like other pulses, which are a type of legume, they are rich in phytochemicals, so they may help lower your risk for cancer. They are also low on the glycemic index, so they may help you control your blood sugar. A carbohydrate serving for a diabetic is 15 grams, with many diabetic meal plans allowing for three carbohydrate servings per meal. A 1-cup serving of cooked lentils provides 39.9 grams of carbohydrates. However, 15.6 grams comes from fiber, and diabetics can subtract half of the fiber grams from the carbohydrate count if a food contains more than 5 grams of carbohydrates, resulting in 32.1 grams of carbohydrates. This is about two carbohydrate servings. Glycemic Index The glycemic index measures how much carbohydrate-containing foods raise your blood sugar after you eat them. Foods low on the glycemic index, which are those foods with a GI value of 55 or less, have only minimal effects on blood sugar levels. Lentils have a GI value ranging from 18 to 52 depending on the type of lentil and the preparation. Boiled red lentils tend to have a lower GI, while canned green lentils tend to have a higher GI. Research Results A study published in "ARYA Atherosclerosis" in 2008 found that when people replaced 30 grams of bread and 20 grams of cheese in their diet each day with 50 grams of lentils and 6 grams of canola oil, they were able to decrease their fasting blood sugar and cholesterol levels. This suggests that low-GI foods can be helpful for lowering blood sugar levels if you use them as a replacement for foods higher on the glycemic index, like bread or other refined grains. Adding Lentils to Your Diet Lentils are am Continue reading >>

Healthy Carbs For Diabetes

Healthy Carbs For Diabetes

Choosing "good" carbs can help you manage diabetes and provide plenty of energywithout blood sugar spikesto fuel your day. If you have diabetes, you probably know to watch your carbohydrates. Carbs can cause spikes in blood sugar which, over time, can lead to dangerous diabetes complications. "By no means are we going to avoid carbs," says Chaparro, who has type 1 diabetes herself. The trick is choosing smart carbs: whole grains, fruits, dairy and other foods with low glucose impactmeaning they're less likely to cause those blood-sugar peaks and lows. Smart carbs, Chaparro says, "can actually do a lot of good for you and your diabetes control." Here are nine super-smart carbsplus some tasty, diabetes-friendly recipesto add to your menu planning. When you have diabetes, it's important to spread your carbs throughout your day to be consistent with your intake. Timing in your actual meal counts, too: a recent small study published by researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York found that starting with a non-carb, like a protein or vegetable first, and saving carbs for last may help keep blood sugars steady. Why we love them: Stacks of recent research show that eating more plant-based foods is good for your heart healthand that's especially important if you have diabetes. Lentils deliver protein, carbs, fiber and iron all in one tasty package. Why we love them: Berries of any kind are a great choice if you have diabetes, and blueberries are a superhero. Low in calories and high in carbs and fiber, they also pack plenty of vitamin C and heart-healthy antioxidants. Recipes to try: Berry-Almond Smoothie Bowl (pictured) or Wild Blueberry Bagel Why we love them: We're sweet on sweet potatoes for plenty of reasons. They're tasty, versatile, loaded with carbs, fiber Continue reading >>

7 Good Carbs For Diabetes Nutritionists Want You To Eat

7 Good Carbs For Diabetes Nutritionists Want You To Eat

Healthy carb: Oatmeal iStock/Magone Eating oats (the kind without added sugar) can slightly lower both fasting blood sugar levels and HbA1c, a three-month measure of blood-sugar levels, shows a review study by Beijing scientists. Have ½ cup cooked. Make a savory oatmeal: Top with a soft-cooked egg and mushrooms and onions sautéed in low-sodium vegetable broth. Healthy carb: Sweet potato iStock/margouillaphotos These orange spuds are digested more slowly than the white variety, thanks to their high fiber content. Season with a dash of cinnamon, shown to help control blood sugar. Have ½ cup cooked. Make a snack: Top a baked sweet potato with cinnamon and almond butter. Healthy carb: Brown rice iStock/WEKWEK Whole grains like brown rice contain all three parts of the fiber-rich grain kernel, while white rice and other refined grains have only the endosperm intact. The fiber helps to slow the speed at which carbohydrates hit your bloodstream. Have ⅓ cup cooked. Make rice pudding: Mix rice with equal parts light coconut milk, and combine with dried cranberries and cinnamon; cover and soak overnight. Healthy carb: Lentils iStock/rimglow The new 2015-2020 Guidelines for Americans recommend eating more protein-rich pulses, such as lentils and beans. And for good reason: Along with 9 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber, ½ cup cooked lentils contains potassium, which helps to control blood pressure. This is especially important because two in three people with diabetes have high blood pressure or take medication to lower blood pressure, according to the American Diabetes Association. Have ½ cup cooked. Make a salad: Combine with diced pears and apples, dried cranberries, fruit-infused balsamic vinegar, and olive oil. Healthy carb: Freekeh iStock/PicturePartners Like rice Continue reading >>

Lentils - Carbohydrate And Calories - Diabetes Forums

Lentils - Carbohydrate And Calories - Diabetes Forums

Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please,join our community todayto contribute and support the site. This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies. Wonderful daughter sent me an article that there about a wonder food for diabetics. Art, lentils are a source of carb, and have a low GI in common with other pulses, so in theory they're a good thing, not sure about "wonder food" though... There are many pulses. It is important to test your own reaction to each one. I LOVE lentils. Have not tested on myself, yet. Portion control will be the rule however. I seem to be quite sensitive to almost everything ... except oatmeal. According to Calorie King, boiled lentils are 20g of carbs per 100g of lentils along with 9g of protein. This is going to be a bit hit and miss as it depends on how much water you leave in with them.... There are loads of different kinds of lentils. If you have an Indian grocers (as in the country, not Native Americans ) then you'll probably find a stunning array of lentils of all different shapes, colours and sizes. They take a good long time to digest (low GI), so they seem to be very kind to post-meal spikes. They take on strong flavours very well, and can be taken in many different culinary directions. We do dishes influenced from India as well as France and Italy in our lentil munching Give them a go and test a lot; they will hopefully pleasantly surprise you. If not, they are dirt cheap and if you keep the portion small first time you do it then you won't do any harm to you or your pocket. Lentils are a pretty decent food bargain (carb:nutrition), but not a wonder food. A good substitute for more intense starches like pasta and rice. Well Pasta is out and Rice absolutely destroys my BG's. I can't touch rice. As in one Continue reading >>

The 10 Best Carbs For Diabetics

The 10 Best Carbs For Diabetics

Forget what you've been told—a diabetes diagnosis does not mean you've been sentenced to a life without carbs. Well, doughnuts may be off the list, but the right carbs can and should be part of a balanced diet for everyone, explains Anna Taylor, RD, a registered dietitian at Cleveland Clinic. In fact, for those with (type 1 or 2) diabetes, getting enough good-for-you carbs is essential for keeping blood sugar levels under control. The key is to pick carb-containing foods that are also rich in fiber and/or protein, nutrients that actually slow the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates, resulting in a more gradual rise and fall of blood sugar levels. Here are Taylor's top 10 diabetes-friendly carb picks, all of which pack additional nutrients that can help prevent chronic conditions or diabetes complications down the line. Lentils and Beans gettyimages-84763023-lentils-zenshui-laurence-mouton.jpg Lentils and beans are excellent sources of protein and fiber. The 19 grams of carbs from a half cup serving of cooked lentils come with 9 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber (3 grams per serving is considered a "good" source of fiber; 5 and up is considered an "excellent" source, per FDA guidelines). One thing to note: You get the same benefits from canned beans as you do from cooked, dried beans—but you may want to rinse them first, which can eliminate more than 40% of the sodium. (Diabetes doesn't have to be your fate; Rodale's new book, The Natural Way To Beat Diabetes, shows you exactly what to eat and do to prevent the disease—and even reverse it.) Peas Black-eyed, split, and classic green peas have protein and fiber benefits similar to those of beans and lentils. One cup of green peas (before cooking) packs 8 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber, and 21 grams of c Continue reading >>

Carbs In Lentils ?!?!?

Carbs In Lentils ?!?!?

Diabetes Forum The Global Diabetes Community Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community Really hoping someone can help with this as the internet has only confused me more! On the Diabetes UK site I've just seen a recipe for a yellow lentil dhal, stating that a 300g serving would have less than 2g carbs. That sounded fantastic - almost too fantastic TBH, and based on my prior understanding of carb counts I found this a bit difficult to believe so googled yellow lentils only to find completely conflicting amounts on every possible nutrition site - the only thing they did seem to agree on is that 225g yellow lentils does not come out at <2g carbs. In fact the amounts listed ranged from as little as 6g of carbs to almost 200g carbs. A massive difference. And even something down the middle would just totally blow my LCHF WOE out of the water. I could probably just ignore it and not bother including lentils in my diet, but at my appointment with DSN this morning - diabetes still in remission, woohoo!!!! - she said everything is good and the only thing to aim for is to increase my levels of HDL (currently sitting at 1.2) by increasing beans, pulses, lentils and seeds. Now, I already do include seeds so can probably up that a little, but I know that the first two are hardly low carb, and I'd struggle to reap much benefit from the miniscule amount I'd be allowed. I do sometimes crave things like this, lentils are one of my old favourites that I've entirely given up, so I thought I'd have a looksee. According to this recipe they appeared to be much lower carb and entirely manageable with my WOE, but I'm a bit funny about relying on others' figures and like to check these things out for myself so off I went. Completely puzzled! Not sure if I'm sear Continue reading >>

5 Reasons Why You Should Eat Lentils!

5 Reasons Why You Should Eat Lentils!

Categories: Lentils are a “super food” that Project Open Hand includes in nutritious meals, which help our clients fight illness and cope with the challenges of aging. Here are 5 reasons you should eat more lentils: PROTECT YOUR DIGESTIVE SYSTEM – high in fiber Lentils are rich in dietary fiber, both the soluble and the insoluble type. They are undigested, which means they will pass out of our bodies. Insoluble fiber encourages regular bowel movement and prevents constipation and helps prevent colon cancer. While soluble fiber reduces the risk of heart disease and regulates blood sugar for people with diabetes. Men need at least 30 to 38g of fiber each day. Women need at least 20 to 25g of fiber each day. And one cup of cooked lentils provides more than 15 grams of dietary fiber. PROTECT YOUR HEART – significant amount of folate and magnesium Lentils contribute to heart health in their soluble fiber and in the significant amount of folate and magnesium. One cup of cooked lentils provides 90% of the recommended daily allowance for folic acid, which protects the artery walls and prevents heart disease. Magnesium lowers resistance and improves the flow of blood, oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. And studies show that a deficiency of magnesium is associated with heart attack. STABILIZE YOUR BLOOD SUGAR – full of complex carbohydrates The soluble fiber in lentils helps stabilize blood sugar levels. If you have insulin resistance, hypoglycemia or diabetes, lentils are full of complex carbohydrates that can help you… Control your blood glucose levels Control your cholesterol levels Control your appetite Lower your risk of getting type 2 diabetes HIGH IN PROTEIN With 25% protein, Lentil is the vegetable with the highest level of protein other than soybeans. Continue reading >>

Pulses And Diabetes

Pulses And Diabetes

As a nation, we buy 1.5 million tins of baked beans every week from a well-known food manufacturer and there can’t be many of us who’ve never known the simple pleasure of eating beans on toast! Beans are a type of pulse, a term which also includes lentils and peas. A pulse is an edible seed that grows in a pod. The bean that’s used in baked beans is usually the haricot bean. Pulses have many health benefits and it’s so easy to get more of them in your meals – and they’re cheap, too. What pulses are available? In addition to the humble baked bean, there are many other beans, lentils and peas out there. If you take a quick look in your local supermarket or type in ‘pulses’ when you do your online shop, you will see there are many different types available: aduki beans black-eyed beans black turtle beans borlotti beans broad beans butter beans cannellini bean chickpeas flageolet beans garden peas kidney beans lentils – green, red split, puy pinto beans Seven reasons to eat more pulses 1. They have a low glycaemic index (GI) Even though pulses contain carbohydrates, they don’t give sharp rises to blood glucose levels compared to other carbohydrate-containing foods. The make-up of the carbohydrates in pulses, the fibre content and the fact that they are high in protein slows down the breakdown of the carbohydrates into glucose in the blood. Therefore, people with diabetes often find it doesn’t cause big spikes in their glucose levels, especially if the portions are not too big. For this reason, many people with diabetes who carb count are often advised not to count the carbohydrate in pulses, unless eaten in bigger quantities or they are part of a carbohydrate-containing pre-packed food which makes it difficult to isolate the carb from pulses. It is imp Continue reading >>

Diabetes And Carbohydrates – Yes, You Can Eat Pasta!

Diabetes And Carbohydrates – Yes, You Can Eat Pasta!

By Christina Zavaglia, MHSc, RD, CDE We’re thrilled to introduce Christina Zavaglia, a registered dietitian and trained certified diabetes educator. We asked Christina to tackle the myth of carbohydrates specifically pertaining to diabetes. It’s a common question asked to us about our pasta. She breaks down the components of managing diabetes and the necessity for a healthy diet versus a ‘special’ diet that people with diabetes feel they have to follow. Eating healthy is an important component of diabetes management but it is a myth that people with diabetes need to eat a “special” diet. In fact, “a diabetic diet” is just a healthy diet, and healthy eating is for everyone. For someone living with diabetes, no foods need to be off limits however portion control of carbohydrates and moderation of less healthy foods is important. Living with diabetes people sometimes believe they should avoid carbohydrates, this is not true! Carbohydrates are our bodies main source of energy and are found in grain products, legumes (such as chickpeas, kidney beans, and lentils), fruits, some vegetables, and some dairy products – these foods are all great sources of a variety of vitamins and minerals and you do not want to do your body a disservice by excluding them. Chickapea pasta is made from only organic red lentils and chickpeas and is a source of carbohydrates as well as rich in iron, folate, thiamine, fiber and protein, all of which are all essential for good health. Fiber and protein are also very filling which means that you can fill up on a smaller portion and feel satisfied. Eating a high-fiber diet can help manage blood sugar. Diabetes Canada recommends that people living with diabetes consume between 25-50 g of fiber per day*. Fiber is considered a carbohydrat Continue reading >>

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