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Old 02-12-2012, 06:18   #1
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Hi everyone,

Just doing some late night research. I am trying to find some new foods to add some variety to my diet and I was wondering if any of you have tired these beans? Did you have problems with spikes?

Here is information on the beans Chana Dal

There seems to be a large amount of useful information at this website David Mendosa: A Writer About Diabetes

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Legumes or beans are tricky with diabetics. There is no magic food that will keep your diabetes in check. Different beans have different carb values and sometimes it may depend how you cook them. The longer you cook them the more starch is relaeased, raising your bgs. I usually can handle about 1/2 cup of beans, but if I eat more I will be in trouble. So use your meter to test. David Mendoza is a big believer in the Glycemic Index. All the research on the GI diet was done on normal people, not diabetics. So for a normal person who's endocrine system works the way it is supposed to, beans are a great addition to your meals because of the fiber in them. But as we all know our endocrine system is not normal and our reactions to eating carb vary a lot.

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I knew about chanadal years ago but had completely forgotten. It has one of the lowest glycemic indexes there is. Thanks for the reminder.

Among grains, barley has the lowest GI. Looks like you can get them both from Bob's Red Mill. Might do that next time I order something.

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I used to ADORE legumes and pulses ... but no more. The only thing I eat now are the black soybeans and in strictly limited amounts.

Channa Dal MAY work for you for a time, it is lower-starch than more mature garbanzos, but make sure you measure a small amount and test at 60 and 120 min after eating, and do not just have a false sense of its safety!

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Dals is a generic name for legumes in our indian diet....

We usually have a different dal everyday.

The chana dal is actually black chickpeas without the cover layer and broken into half. Chana is low in GI but I find that when I have it as the chickpeas (with the cover) I have a much lesser spike. Maybe that because of the fiber.


Some research studies also indicate that besan (chana dal flower) is good for the heart....


In anycase I never have more than a bowl of cooked dals. I am more worried of the carbs. Anything over 100 is a spike by my standards and thats why I portion dals aggressively. Maybe I am too strict

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