Published By : 15 Jun 2018 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
According to a recent study published by researchers from the University of Guelph, replacing rice or potatoes in daily diets with pulses can bring down the blood glucose levels by over 20%. The researchers of the study suggest that by replacing even only half of a portion of these side dishes, which are high in starch, with lentils can lead to significant improvement in the body’s response to carbohydrates. It was found in the study that the replacement of rice with lentils led to blood sugar reduction by nearly 20% while the replacement of potatoes with lentils resulted in a blood sugar level reduction of 35%.
Pulses have densely packed nutrients and carry the potential of reducing chronic diseases related to the improper management of glucose levels in the blood. The researchers state that despite the fact that Canada witnesses vast production of lentils, very few Canadians include them in their regular diets and most of it is exported. Thus it is being hoped that the research will raise awareness among people regarding the health benefits of pulses.
Published in the magazine Journal of Nutrition, the study analyzed 24 healthy adults that were given four dishes - only white rice, half portions each of large green lentils and white rice, half portions each of small green lentils and white rice, and half portions each of split red lentils and white rice. The glucose level in the bloods of the participants before and two hours after they ate. The process was repeated for potatoes alone and the same combinations with lentils.
Lentils were mixed with rice and potatoes owing to the fact that people do not generally eat pulses on their own but eat them along with starchy foods as a small part of larger meals, so the researchers wanted to reflect the scenario in the study. It was observed that the glucose level dropped by the same levels when half portion of starch was replaced with all varieties of lentils analyzed in the study.