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Beans show promise with diabetes: study

A stallholder offers various beans and grains at a temporary farmers market marking the arrival of spring in Beijing, China on Feb. 26.

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Eating a cup of beans or lentils every day may help people with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar and possibly reduce their risk of heart attacks and stroke, according to a Canadian study.

Researchers found that compared with a diet rich in whole grains, getting a daily dose of legumes led to small drops in an important measure of blood sugar as well as in blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

After three months on the bean diet, study participants’ estimated 10-year risk of cardiovascular disease had fallen from 10.7 percent to 9.6 percent, according to the group.

“Legumes are good protein sources, and proteins tend to dampen the blood glucose response and they lower blood pressure,” said David Jenkins of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, who led the study.








1. promise n.

前途;希望 (qian2 tu2; xi1 wang4)

例: As a child I was quite a good dancer, but I didn’t fulfill my early promise.


2. rich adj.

富含的 (fu4 han2 de5)

例: Pineapple juice is rich in vitamins A and B.


3. dampen v.

控制;降低 (kong4 zhi4; jiang4 di1)

例: Nothing you can say will dampen her enthusiasm.


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