Malcolm commented correctly about beans, “we like them and as we grow older we like them a lot!” One cup of Pinto Beans contains 14.7 grams of fiber. That is 58.8% of the allowance recommended for the American Diabetic diet, about 24 grams of fiber per day. The recliner looks really good after a meal doesn’t it? That is not necessarily good if you have high cholesterol or blood sugar that is elevated.
Fiber is key in slowing down the release of sugar into the blood thus stabilizing blood sugar levels while your body synthesizes the food. In slowing down the process this keeps your blood sugar in check. Another consequence of this action, the slow release, is more long lasting energy.
Here is a potential fix; If you lower your portions just a bit but add more of them, you can actually eat more stuff, not volume but variety. And isn’t variety the spice of life? I guarantee you will be more satisfied this way. I hear it all the time; healthy food is boring. I beg to differ. For instance, here is a favorite; a quarter cup of beans Blood balance seasoned to perfection, (watch for more articles, I’ll give out some great bean recipes) a tasty salad, topped with sprouted peas and beans and some low fat meat like tuna or salmon. You’ll be just fine without the meat, if you like. Your body will not be tired after this meal, in fact it will begin digesting and happily distributing the helping, healing nutrients. Energy will abound in most people and you will be able to go on a walk.
So not only is your food enabling your body to manage cholesterol but you are also balancing your sugars. This allows you to have more energy, thus enabling a walk, resulting in a more healthier you.
Studies have found that people who eat a high fiber diet, 50 grams or more, enjoy some rather dramatic benefits to their quest for balanced blood sugar. Those who ate a higher fiber diet had a lower blood glucose count and insulin level(the hormone that helps blood sugar penetrate the cells). The same group also reduced their total cholesterol level by 7%, triglyceride levels by 10.2% and the most dangerous form of cholesterol, very low density lipoprotein (VLDP).
Do not be afraid to use supplements to assist blood sugar management, Eastern cultures have been doing so for years. Conventional medicine in India and other Asian countries have been studying herbal cures in detailed clinical trials and findings are showing positive results.
This is truly good news!
We all (ok, maybe a certain generation) have heard the rhyme; Beans beans the magical fruit the more you eat the more you toot. The more you toot the better you feel, so lets have beans for every meal! Pop one Beano pill, an enzyme to reduce gas and everyone can eat beans for every meal. There, you have just removed the gas barrier so rock on folks! Eat your beans. Try this tasty, easy little recipe:
Top 2 cups of baby greens with 1/2 cup to 1 cup of canned, drained pinto beans. Top with 1/4 cup of salsa, some reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese and garnish with 2 tablespoons of chopped avocado.
Truly a tasty beginning to achieving your 50 grams of fiber a day. As always, partner with you doctor when making any changes to your lifestyle, especially with supplements and exercise. To your health!