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Control Blood Sugar Better with Lentils

In this simple but revealing study, 48 healthy adults ate a dish of white rice alone, or potatoes alone, then in three dishes at later times, replaced half the rice or potatoes with large green lentils, small green lentils, or half-split red lentils. Regardless of which lentils they ate, two hours after eating, blood sugar (glucose) levels were 20 percent lower in the rice groups, and 35 percent lower in the potato groups compared to rice or potatoes alone. Doctors said they mixed lentils with other carbohydrates to mimic typical eating patterns.

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