Are good or bad green peas for diabetes
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Hi, I'm Ty Mason from TheDiabetesCouncil.com, researcher, writer and I have type 2 diabetes. Today I'm going to answer the question, it's the green peas good for diabetes. But before you start with that, be sure to download my free book for diabetes control, which also includes a food guide for diabetes (food to eat and avoid).
I'm a fan of peas. My children do not even look at them. I was telling my daughter about the pea search for this video and her answer was simply, "disgusting"
Peas fall into a category with corn, parsnips, potatoes, squash, zucchini, zucchini and yams called starchy vegetables.
BUT, this is an inappropriate name. You will get some arguments about this, but the pea (or the pod in which they grow) is a fruit. The peas are the seed. Now, some will argue that they are vegetables, while others say they are legumes. But, by definition, a fruit is "the sweet, fleshy product of a tree or other plant that contains seeds and can be eaten as food." How are pea pods grown? Drying the peas and planting them. They are the seed contained within the fruit.
So, this fruit falls into the category of starchy vegetables that at first glance may cause us to pause and think before we eat them.
Looking at the label and one may also think that this fruit may not be good for me. One cup has 134 calories and most of those calories come from 25 grams of carbohydrates that include 9 sugars.
So, the question is, why eat peas with all those carbohydrates and that, like peas are a vegetable with starch, should not they be avoided? It is a bit more complicated to answer this question, but here it goes.
Carbohydrates in peas are complex and not simple carbohydrates.
That, along with fiber, tends to slow down the absorption of carbohydrates, making it less likely that peas will increase their blood sugar. In fact, peas have a very low GI of only 22 and the glycemic load is only 3.
Green peas are a very good source of vitamins K, B1, B2, B6 and C, plus manganese, dietary fiber, copper, phosphorus, folate, niacin, zinc, protein, magnesium, iron, potassium and choline.
So green peas are good for diabetes? Certainly they are. Any food with a GL less than 10 is a good food for those of us with diabetes. Even though this fruit is labeled as starchy vegetables, go ahead and add it to your plate.
I hope this answer to your question is good or bad green peas for diabetes. Do not forget to get your diabetes control book.
Let me know if you have other questions related to diabetes.
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