It is no secret that registered dietitians love beans. High in fibre, protein, polyphenols, vitamins and minerals, these are an inexpensive and versatile powerhouse food that can make their way into a variety of delicious and nutritious dishes for Canadian families!
So how can we promote greater consumption of pulses, especially among people living with diabetes and pre-diabetes? One method is not only by promoting beans as delicious and nutritious foods, but through giving simple suggestions on how to increase their intake of pulses.
I often hear from clients and consumers that the reason why they do not eat many beans is because they feel like cooking dried beans takes too much time out of their already busy days. A simpler way of getting more pulses into your diet is to use the canned varieties, as they are also a healthy choice for consumption. Rinse off the extra sodium under the tap and the beans can be easily added to many dishes.
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(3) Ramdath, D. (2016). Spilling the Beans on Blood Glucose: a little goes a long way. [PowerPoint slides]. 7, 21.