Thursday, October 25, 2012

Chickpeas and Sugar

Sounds like a sort of odd Mediterranean recipe, I know, but it isn't. It's the topic of a new study that tried to figure out what the role of legume consumption was on diabetes.

The study is small, only 121 patients, and thus the results can't be fully generalized, but the addition of a cup of legumes or chickpeas to the diabetic patient's diets dropped hemoglobin A1c, a measure of average blood sugar over 3 months, by 0.5%, which is comparable to many drugs used to treat diabetes.

Interestingly, the comparative group were given a cup of whole grain per day, and they also saw a drop in Hgba1c of 0.3%. Possibly due to the Hawthorne effect.

What we learn is that adding legumes like chickpeas and lentils may help blood sugar control as much as several medications. So have at them!

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