Pulses contain components that inhibit enzymes involved in absorption of glucose, and fibre contained in these foods can encourage the production of short-chain fatty acids, which can also help to reduce blood glucose levels, added Duncan.
“We are hoping that building evidence for approval of a health claim for pulses will further encourage people to add pulses to their side dishes.”
Consumption of legumes associated with lower risk of diabetes
Dita Moravek et al, Carbohydrate Replacement of Rice or Potato with Lentils Reduces the Postprandial Glycemic Response in Healthy Adults in an Acute, Randomized, Crossover Trial, The Journal of Nutrition (2018). DOI: 10.1093/jn/nxy018