Why You Need to Eat More Lentils, Especially If You’re Diabetic

Why You Need to Eat More Lentils, Especially If You’re Diabetic

Looking to balance your blood sugar? These tiny helpers could do the trick.

Pulses -dry edible seeds from the legume family- are delicious. If you have trouble balancing your blood sugar levels and suffer from diabetes, there’s even more reason to eat them.

A study conducted by scientists at the University of Guelph in Canada has shown that replacing potatoes or rice with these wonders can lower your blood glucose levels by more than 20 per cent.

How does it work? Pulses, like lentils, can slow your digestion down. Consequently, the sugars from the food you eat are released more slowly into your blood stream, ultimately reducing your blood glucose levels.

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“This slower absorption means you don’t experience a spike in glucose. Having high levels over a period of time can lead to mismanagement of blood glucose, which is the hallmark of Type 2 diabetes,” said professor Alison Duncan, Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph.

“Essentially, eating lentils can lower that risk.”

What’s the best way to get more pulses onto your plate?

Recipes abound. From lentil soups to fajita bowls, enchiladas, breakfast lentils and more, there’s something for just about every taste on Lentils.org, a promotional brand funded by Saskatchewan Pulse Growers in Canada.

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t actually need to soak your lentils before you cook them. Boil your dry lentils, or grab a can of pre-cooked lentils at the grocery store and simply heat them up. Delicious!

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