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Eating lentils instead of rice or potatoes could help prevent or manage type 2 diabetes, a study has found.
The vegetarian staple can reduce blood glucose levels by slowing down digestion and the release of sugars into the bloodstream.
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Scientists at the University of Guelph in Canada discovered replacing half a serving of rice or potatoes with lentils caused blood sugar to fall by up to 35 per cent.
This could lead to dietary advice for people with type 2 diabetes or those at risk of the condition, in which high glucose levels are a key factor.
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The food could be preventative too; consistently high blood sugar in healthy people can contribute to the insulin resistance which causes diabetes.
The researchers say lentils – which have in the past been found to lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol – are nutrient rich and hope their findings will encourage more people to eat them.
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The Canadian scientists carried out a study on 24 healthy adults in which they were fed either white rice, white potatoes, or either of those mixed with red or green lentils.
Participants' blood sugar levels were measured before they ate and then for two hours afterwards.
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Those who ate half rice and half lentils had up to 20 per cent lower blood glucose than when they ate just rice.
Replacing half the potatoes with lentils led to a 35 per cent lower level than eating just potatoes.
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In the past scientists have claimed lentils may also help to prevent high blood pressure and reduce cholesterol, and they are a good source of dietary fibre.
Pulses such as lentils are 'extremely nutrient-dense'
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Professor Alison Duncan said: 'Pulses are extremely nutrient-dense food that have the potential to reduce chronic diseases associated with mismanaged glucose levels.'
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