Sunday, 17 June 2018

Eating pulses reduces blood glucose levels by up to 35% and lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes

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Eating lentils instead of rice or potatoes could help prevent or manage type 2 diabetes, a study has found.

The vegetarian staple can reduce blood glucose levels by slowing down digestion and the release of sugars into the bloodstream.

Scientists at the University of Guelph in Canada discovered replacing half a serving of rice or potatoes with lentils caused blood sugar to fall by up to 35%.

This could lead to dietary advice for people with type 2 diabetes or those at risk of the condition, in which high glucose levels are a key factor. 

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