Learn how to use beans to control blood sugar

Learn how to use beans to control blood sugar
Learn how to use beans to control blood sugar
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The ideal is to always try to prepare food correctly, leaving it to soak to avoid gas and poor digestion (Photo: Raisa Carvalho)

Beans are a legume that is very present on Brazilian tables and is a powerful ally for a healthier, nutrient-rich diet. One of its benefits is helping to control blood sugar levels.
According to data from the Brazilian Institute of Beans and Pulses (Ibrafe), several types of beans can be a good option for those suffering from diabetes. This happens because legumes have more complex carbohydrates, which are digested more slowly by the body and this helps control blood sugar levels.
This is valid for several types of beans consumed in Brazil, such as carioca beans, black beans and red beans. The ideal, however, is to always try to prepare the food correctly, leaving it to soak to avoid gas and poor digestion and, above all, avoiding the canned version.
But, according to Ibrafe, the type of bean that has shown the most effective responses to reducing blood sugar is the adzuki bean, a small type with a red/wine tone, very common in Korean, Japanese and Chinese cuisine.

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Studies carried out with adzuki beans showed that consumption of the food was associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. This is due to its high concentration of fiber and proteins, which help block the action of an enzyme called alpha-glucosidase. It is said that blocking the action of the enzyme can reduce blood sugar spikes.
Despite having obtained positive results in reducing blood sugar, the ideal is to always try to maintain a balanced diet and with professional medical supervision, who will indicate the ideal quantity of beans to consume.

The article is in Portuguese

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