Study favours pulses in diabetics’ diets

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Canada’s pulse crop promotion agency predicts good things from a Toronto study that finds pulses useful in control of diabetes as part of a Mediterranean-type diet.

Pulse Canada last month cited Dr. David Jenkins’ study, published Dec. 17 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (AMA), which also shows that pulses can augment levels of HDL, also known as “good” cholesterol.

Jenkins, a leader in research on the link between Mediterraneantype diets (including pulses) and their use treating ailments such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer, is the Canada research chair in nutrition and metabolism at the University of Toronto and St. Michael’s Hospital.

“This new study builds on the growing body of evidence that links pulse consumption with improvements in blood sugar control and cholesterol levels,” Gordon Bacon, CEO of Pulse Canada, said in a release.

Pulses such as beans, peas and lentils “have enormous potential as disease-fighting agents and contributors to good health,” he said.

Bacon noted that Jenkins’ study results come less than two months before the expected release of a new set of clinical trial results sponsored by the pulse industry.

Pulse Canada plans to release the results of seven clinical trials, investigating the potential for pulses to help prevent diabetes, heart disease and obesity, during the Pulse Health and Food Symposium in Toronto on Feb. 5.

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