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Research Article

Exceptionally low blood glucose response to dried beans: comparison with other carbohydrate foods.

Br Med J 1980; 281 doi: (Published 30 August 1980) Cite this as: Br Med J 1980;281:578
  1. D J Jenkins,
  2. T M Wolever,
  3. R H Taylor,
  4. H M Barker,
  5. H Fielden


    Normal volunteers took 50-g carbohydrate portions of eight varieties of dried legumes and 24 common foods drawn from grains, cereals and pasta, breakfast cereals, biscuits, and tuberous vegetables. Both the mean peak rise in blood glucose concentrations and mean area under the glucose curve of the subjects who ate beans were at least 45% lower than those of subjects who ate the other foods. These results suggest a potentially valuable role for dried leguminous seeds in carbohydrate exchanges for individuals with impaired carbohydrate tolerance.